At least one person has been killed and 590 wounded in Kyrgyzstan as protests grip the country following controversial parliamentary elections.
Local media said Kyrgyzstan’s central election commission on Tuesday annulled the results of the October 4 parliamentary election – something the opposition had been calling for. The vote had handed victory to two establishment parties.
The move follows claims by the opposition that it has seized power.
Burned-out cars littered Bishkek on Tuesday morning after protesters took control of the main government building, known as the White House, which briefly caught fire before emergency services put out the blaze.
On Tuesday, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov appealed for calm and said the country, which hosts a Russian airbase and a large Canadian-controlled gold mine, was facing an attempted coup d’etat.
However, he ordered security forces against opening fire on protesters.