Kyrgyzstan inaugurates new president

Former Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov replaces his predecessor Almazbek Atambayev for six-year term

Kyrgyzstan inaugurates new president

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sooronbay Jeenbekov, 59, has been sworn in as the fifth president of Kyrgyzstan on Friday.

Jeenbekov, a former prime minister, replaced his predecessor Almazbek Atambayev for a six-year term.

His Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) secured 54.22 percent of the vote in the election held on Oct. 15.

The SDPK is closely linked to Atambayev, who was previously prime minister before October 2011 presidential elections.

Speaking at the official inauguration ceremony in Bishkek, Jeenbekov said: “The destiny of the country is the destiny of each of us."

Emphasizing on peace, unity and independence of the country, Jeenbekov said he would not let regional and ethnical discrimination.

He noted the country witnessed a peaceful transfer of power for the first time in the country’s history.

He vowed to strengthen strategic relations with Russia and neighboring China and countries in the Central Asia.

"We will continue to have close relations with the EU member countries. We will enhance relations with Turkey and the U.S.," he added.

Despite being relatively stable, Kyrgyzstan has experienced periods of volatility since it gained independence from the Soviet Union.

In 2005 and 2010, the then presidents were deposed in violent protests that left hundreds dead.

Most of Kyrgyzstan’s six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims and the north and south of the country are divided by wealth and ethnic divisions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Kasım 2017, 15:17