Kyrgyzstan unrest, political crisis concerns Italy

Kyrgyzstan unrest, political crisis concerns Italy

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Italy is "closely following" events in Kyrgyzstan where post-election protests plunged the ex-Soviet republic into chaos in recent days and wants "constructive political dialogue" after last week's polls were annulled, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Italy is closely following developments in Kyrgyzstan after Sunday's presidental polls and hopes the violence will cease immediately and constructive internal political dialogue will follow the annulled election results," the statement said.

"We trust that the events taking place will not interrupt the challenging journey towards democratic standards which the country has been on for some time," the statement added.

Kyrgyzstan's premier Kubatbek Boronov quit on Tuesday amid the protests that have followed Sunday's vote and has reportedly been replaced by Sadyr Japarov, who was freed from prison by protesters.

Opposition groups earlier seized control of parliament, saying Sunday's ballot had been rigged.

A large crowd gathered in the capital Bishkek on Wednesday to demand the impeachment of the country's pro-Russian president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who hinted earlier that he was ready to stand down.

Russia and China have voiced concern about the crisis.

Two presidents have been overthrown in Kyrgyzstan in the past 15 years.