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Kyrgyz Prime Minister Quits After Mass Protests Trigger New Vote

  • Boronov resigns and is replaced by freed opposition figure
  • Kyrgyzstan is one of Russia’s closest allies in central Asia
Protesters attend an anti-government rally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 5.

Protesters attend an anti-government rally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 5.

Photographer: Vladimir Voronin/AP Photo

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Authorities annulled the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan and the prime minister quit after protesters took over government buildings in what President Sooronbay Jeenbekov described as an attempt to seize power.

Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov resigned and was replaced by opposition politician Sadyr Zhaparov, who was freed earlier from prison by protestors, the legislature’s press service said.