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Almambet Shykmamatov gives up his deputy seat, withdraws from Ata Meken

Almambet Shykmamatov filed an application to the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan on early termination of his deputy powers. The Central Election Commission informed 24.kg news agency.

He himself also confirmed this information and explained the reasons for his withdrawal from the Parliament, adding that he also ceased his membership in Ata Meken party. He stressed: the decision was not easy for him.

«Ata Meken consists of strong, persistent people, devoted to the party and its ideals. I know every fan, they are the most honest and courageous, self-forgetful people. I had been in the ranks of the socialists for 15 years, I grew up practically under the banner of Ata Meken as a politician. I have great respect for my party comrades and its leader Omurbek Tekebayev. Without a doubt, he is a historical person, an experienced lawmaker, a charismatic politician, and a master in composing political combinations. Tekebayev is a seasoned player in political confrontations. I have learned a lot from him. I am very grateful to him for it. But my mistake is that I created an idol for me,» said Almambet Shykmamatov.

Due to disagreements with Omurbek Tekebayev, which I could not imagine even in my worst dream, I had to leave Ata Meken and give up my deputy seat.

Almambet Shykmamatov

He did not disclose details of quarrel with his friend and ally.

Almambet Shykmamatov also added that he left the party only, but intended to stay in big politics.

«I will unite with constructive political forces that adhere to the center-left values, like me, and respect inner-party democracy. I’m not going to enter into alliances with opponents of Ata Meken. It is against my principles,» the former socialist said.

The vacant seat, according to the CEC, will be handed over to the next candidate in the list — Nurbek Sydygaliev.

Almambet Shykmamatov headed Ata Meken parliamentary faction after Omurbek Tekebayev was deprived of his deputy seat and prosecuted for corruption. He organized rallies and campaigns in support of the party leader. Disagreements between the associates arose after Omurbek Tekebayev was released from prison.

Obviously, the quarrel was caused by different opinions on the political situation in the country. Ata Meken will participate in the parliamentary elections 2020 and does not exclude an option of merging with other participants.