Opposition politician takes over Kyrgyzstan Interior Ministry - spokesman

by Reuters
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 05:43 GMT

BISHKEK, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Kyrgyz opposition politician and former senior security official Kursan Asanov has taken over as acting interior minister, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating President Sooronbai Jeenbekov could be losing control over the country.

Police have been ordered to ensure citizens' safety and prevent clashes and looting amid protests, the spokesman said, adding that incumbent Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev has not shown up for work on Tuesday. (Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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