STATEMENT by participants of the round table Dialogue about Returning the Country to the Legal Framework

Окт 13.2020

13 October 2020


Under the conditions of political and social crisis,  legitimate representatives of the government fled, abandoning the society and the country. As a result of the recent unfair parliamentary elections, the political events have plunged the country into a legal crisis. Thousands of people took to the streets to demand that the elections results be annulled, and the country was in turmoil for almost a week. The authorities and the Central Election Commission (CEC) left the country without using their powers provided for by the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic.  

To overcome the critical situation, a round table was organized and held with the participation of public and political figures, government leaders who led the country during the difficult period of formation of the Kyrgyz state, human rights defenders, political analysts, lawyers who are concerned about the current situation, when the country has exited the legal field, leaders of political parties who participated in the elections, as well as concerned citizens and expressed their opinion on the current situation, suggested ways to solve the political crisis in a difficult period.

To resolve the difficult political situation in the country and return it to the legal framework, the following decisions were made:

  1. The legitimate President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, should address the people, clearly and openly fulfill his constitutional duties and demonstrate his historical responsibility to the people and the world.
  2. The Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic should understand its historical responsibility, strictly fulfill its constitutional duties, establish a legitimate executive authority, hold fair elections, and bring all the laws in line with the Constitution and international obligations of the Kyrgyz Republic.
  3. The CEC Chairman should be urgently removed from office for the election fraud, which led to a revolution and large-scale riots, and the remaining CEC members should be provided with appropriate conditions for performing their functional duties.
  4. An Organizing Committee consisting of 7 people should be formed to hold meetings with the country's leadership in order to monitor and control the decisions made and bring the situation into the legal framework.

4. The Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic should amend the electoral legislation reducing the threshold from 7% to 5-3%.

Composition: Tursunbek Akun, former Ombudsman; Abdygany Erkebaev, former Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of the KR; Feliks Kulov, former Prime Minister of the KR; Narynbek Moldobaev, former Deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh of the KR; Mars Sariev, political analyst; Tolekan Ismailova, human rights activist, Chairman of the PA "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan"; Dinara Oshurakhunova, human rights activist, Chairman of the "Civil Control Committee".

  1. The participants of the round table called on all political forces to negotiate, hold a round table based on national dialogue, and take immediate action to return the country to the legal framework.
  2. The execution of the decisions should be assigned to Tursunbek Akun, Chairman of the People's Council "Kelechekke Jol", former Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic, human rights defender.



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