BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan / ANKARA, Turkey
Kyrgyzstan’s economic crisis will end in a few years if political stability is achieved, the country’s presidential leader said on Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference, Sadyr Japarov, who won Sunday’s presidential elections according to unofficial results, said that a year or two is not enough to solve the country’s problems.
“If political stability is achieved, I will pull Kyrgyzstan out of the economic crisis within three to four years,” Japarov said.
Stressing that corruption has taken root in all regions of the country over the past 30 years, he stressed that everyone should support the state by assuming its responsibilities in the fight against it.
Japarov said voters elected him to fight corruption.
“We will not repeat the mistakes of the previous government. We will stay away from political oppression. We will not tolerate those who violate the rule of law,” he said.
The former prime minister told Anadolu news agency that they will make efforts to strengthen Kazakh-Turkish relations.
Nurjan Shaildabekova, chairman of the Central Election Commission, told reporters Japarov obtained around 79% of the vote, citing preliminary results.
The country also voted to decide on its form of government: parliamentary, presidential or no change.
Shaildabekova said about 34% of voters voted in the referendum, with 81.2% of them voting for the presidential form of government.
Greetings from Kazakhstan
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated Japarov on a phone call and said the election result is “proof of popular support” for the program he has proposed to further strengthen the state and secure the sustainable socio-economic development of Kyrgyzstan, according to the Kazakhstan Presidency.
Tokayev wished Japarov “great success” in his state activities “for the benefit of brother Kyrgyzstan”.
“President Tokayev expressed his firm commitment to continue developing cooperation with brother Kyrgyzstan in a spirit of friendship, good neighborliness and strategic partnership, which meets the fundamental interests of the peoples of our countries,” said the Minister. written statement.
The two leaders also reaffirmed their willingness to cooperate on the bilateral agenda, as well as their mutual interest in “strengthening cooperation” within international organizations, the statement added.
Tokayev also invited Japarov to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan.
Japarov, for his part, accepted the invitation and said he would make his first foreign visit as president to Kazakhstan.
He also congratulated Tokayev on the holding of “successful” parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.
The Kyrgyz leader thanked Tokayev and the Kazakh nation for Kyrgyzstan’s “continued support” in its “aspiration for stable and creative development.”
* Additional writing by Seda Sevencan
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