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Kyrgyzstan president quits, saying he doesn't want to shoot citizens

Convicted kidnapper emerges as contender to lead chaotic Central Asian country

Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, shown here after a vote at an Oct. 4 parliamentary election, resigned Oct. 15.   © Reuters

BISHKEK -- Following 10 days of turbulence in Kyrgyzstan in the aftermath of a botched election, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov unexpectedly announced his resignation on Thursday.

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