İrem UZUN -TDO- The former president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, survived an assassination attempt in Bishkek on Friday when his car was shot at. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek on Friday and ordered troops to quell unrest, as supporters of rival political groups took to the streets after days of violence following an overturned election.
Atambayev’s car came under fire, his aide, Kunduz Zholdubaeva, said in a Facebook post on Friday, adding that the politician escaped unharmed. She also posted a video, in which Atambayev accuses some security officials and members of rival “clans” of trying to assassinate him while saying he got the information about the plot in advance. Atambayev said that information about an assassination attempt had been known to him since 8 October. He alleged that some of the top members of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security helped to organize the assassination attempt.
Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the Bishkek after the attempt and ordered troops to deploy, as supporters of rival political groups took to the streets after days of unrest following an overturned election. Earlier the president had said he was ready to resign once a new cabinet was appointed. The opposition is divided between 11 parties and country has already seen two presidents toppled by popular revolts since 2005.