Kyrgyz PM Expects President To Step Down In Political Crisis

BISHKEK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov said on Thursday he would step down as acting president of the Central Asian nation in the coming days in order to run in the January 10 presidential election.

Parliamentary speaker Talant Mamytov, a close ally of the prime minister, will take over as acting head of state in line with the constitution, Japarov told a news briefing.

The former Soviet republic, known for its political volatility, is closely allied with Moscow and hosts a Russian military airbase. Its constitution bars caretaker leaders from running in the presidential elections that they oversee.

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Japarov, a 51-year-old nationalist politician, came to power after violent protests over a parliamentary election last month toppled the government of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

He had initially planned to delay the presidential election until after a planned constitutional reform, but Thursday's announcement indicated that was no longer an option.

Protests have toppled three Kyrgyz leaders over the last 15 years, but Japarov has said that last month's revolt would change nothing in Bishkek's "strategic" relations with Moscow.

On Thursday, he promised not to contest the results of the January vote in the event of his loss and to stop his supporters from taking to the streets.

"We need a clean vote," he said. "(Rigged votes) were the reason why we have had three revolutions." 

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) and U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen greet each other with an elbow bump during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 19, 2020.
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Ethiopian men, who fled the war in the Tigray region, queue for wet food ration at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan, on Nov. 19, 2020.
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A bus is packed with passengers, even as new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Jordan's King Abdullah ll, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain's newly appointed Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa are seen during their meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is led into a vehicle by riot policemen in Luuka, Uganda, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Adviser to the Presidential Office head, Ihor Umansky, speaks to the press on his resignation during a news conference held outside the Verkhovna Rada building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Nov. 18, 2020.

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An elderly woman kisses the hand of new Yazidi spiritual leader, also known as Baba Sheikh, Ali Elias Haji Nasir during the inauguration ceremony at Lalish Temple in Duhok, Iraq, on Nov. 18, 2020.

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Buddhist monks attend an anti-government rally outside the Royal Thai Police Headquarters, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 18, 2020. 
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Commandant of the Marine Corps of the U.S., General David H. Berger meets Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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A U.S. IFV convoy patrols near the village of Tal Alo, in the Al Yarubiyah district of Syria on Nov. 18, 2020. 
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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (C), President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković (R) and Minister of War Veterans Tomo Medved (L) take part in a march in Vukovar, Croatia, on Nov. 18, 2020, to mark the 29th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar to Serbian forces.
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Palestinians protest against the expected visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Jewish settlement of Psagot near the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Former pro-democracy lawmakers Ted Hui Chi-fung, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick appear outside West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts with supporters after their arrests over incidents where foul-smelling liquid was thrown in the city's legislature, in Hong Kong on Nov. 19, 2020. 
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A man uses a mosquito fogging machine at a residential community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 19, 2020.
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Demonstrators are sprayed with water cannons during a protest against the government's COVID-19 restrictions, in Berlin, Germany, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his appearance at an economic forum, organized by Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), in Ankara, Turkey, on Nov. 18, 2020.

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Officials wear face masks during the opening ceremony of Saudi-Iraqi border at Arar, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Ethiopian refugees, who fled the fighting in Tigray province, walk with supplies at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Mediatek Chief Executive Officer Rick Tsai receives an award from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Inmates protest on top of a prison demanding to speed up their judicial process and that they be granted bail, after the number of COVID-19 cases increased in prisons in the country, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse (C), accompanied by his wife Martine and Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, stand for their national anthem after placing flowers to honor revolutionary leaders Alexandre Pétion and Jean Jacques Dessalines, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 18, 2020, during a ceremony commemorating Haiti’s final battle before it secured independence from France in 1804.
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A public health official shows how to properly wear face masks to students during a class teaching health protocols for curbing the spread of coronavirus at the Daarul Rahman Islamic Boarding School in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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(L-R) Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok and Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar during the Prague European Summit, at the Czernin Palace in Czech Republic on Nov. 18, 2020.

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Members of the Sahrawi community are seen protesting at the Moroccan consulate over the Moroccan army's aggression against the protesters who have been blocking a road that connects with neighboring Mauritania for three weeks in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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People attend an opposition rally to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following the signing of a deal to end the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Truck drivers stand as workers remove a shipping container in front of the French consulate at the end of an anti-France demonstration by religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed Khalid (R) and Iraqi National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji speak during a press conference after a meeting on the implementation of the Erbil-Baghdad deal on normalization of the situation in Sinjar following Sinjar Agreement in Erbil, Iraq, on Nov. 17, 2020. According to the agreement, the presence of the PKK (listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU) and other illegal groups in Sinjar and surrounding areas will be ended.
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Niger's Prime Minister Brigi Rafini (C) attends the funeral of former President of Mali Amadou Toumani Touré in Bamako, Mali, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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Medical workers, wearing masks for protection against COVID-19, hold black balloons in memory of those who lost their lives while in the care of the state health system, in Bucharest, Romania, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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A mobile court imposes fine for not wearing face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Policemen inspect at the scene of a suicide explosion at a restaurant near a police academy, in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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A resident sits outside his village damaged by Typhoon Vamco in Rodriguez, Philippines, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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Russian peacekeepers' military vehicles with Russian national flags are seen parked at a check point on the road to Shusha in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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Demonstrators use inflatable rubber ducks as shields to protect themselves from water cannons during an anti-government protest as lawmakers debate constitution change, outside the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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People participate in a two-minute ceremony to honor the members of Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) fighting against the Tigray Special Forces, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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A woman walks into her house, flooded during the passage of Hurricane Iota in Siuna, Nicaragua, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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Hundreds of students hold a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 17, 2020. In their action which coincided with the International Students' Day, they urged the government to eliminate education costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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A stall-owner at the Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market) protests before the officials of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality for being fined for illegally reopening, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Nov. 17, 2020, amid a health ordinance banning businesses from reopening. 
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan tour the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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A teacher wearing a face mask takes lessons at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 17, 2020. After a long period of closure due to the COVID-19, schools reopened under precautionary measures such as social distancing between pupils in classes, having students' temperatures checked regularly and washing hands with sanitizer. 
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Ukrainian law enforcement officers stand guard during a demonstration held by entrepreneurs and representatives of small businesses in front of the parliament building amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Nov. 17, 2020. Entrepreneurs gathered to demand governmental support and the cancellation of weekend lockdowns introduced to curb the spread of the virus. 
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People light candles at the Velvet Revolution memorial to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, as the spread of the COVID-19 continues in Prague, Czech Republic, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (L) stands next to Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde during a bilateral visit to Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Peruvian interim President Francisco Sagasti leaves the Congress building following his swearing-in ceremony in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 17, 2020. Sagasti, a 76-year-old former World Bank official, was sworn in at a special session of Congress as the South American country's new president becoming Peru's third in a rollercoaster week of political upheaval and the fourth in a four-year span.
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Members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) flee tear gas and a water cannon during clashes with riot police, as the Greek government banned the annual march to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student revolt against the then military junta due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Athens, Greece, on Nov. 17, 2020. 
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People walk past closed cafes and restaurants in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, on Nov. 17, 2020. Serbian government decided to limit work hours of almost all businesses, meaning that they have to be closed from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. 
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A sign reading "Freedom is more than law" is pictured next to candles and protective masks placed by demonstrators in front of the Presidential Palace after a protest against the government's COVID-19 restrictions on the country's Day of the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at the Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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