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Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigned on Thursday, following mass protests against official results of parliamentary elections that handed victory to political parties associated with him and his government.

Jeenbekov said that he decided to resign "because peace and unity in our country is more important than any post."

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“I am not clinging to power. I do not want to go down in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people. I have taken the decision to resign,” Jeenbekov said in a statement released by his office.

Kyrgyzstan In Focus:

Population: 6.5 million (Compared to South Africa's 59.6 million)

GDP: $8.261 billion (Compared to South Africa's $369.85 billion)

GDP Per Capita: $1,293 (Compared to South Africa's $6,193)