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Jeenbekov vs Atambayev. Reaction of White House to statements of SDPK leader

On the last Saturday, March 31, the 17th Congress of the political party SDPK took place in Bishkek. As expected, the former president Almazbek Atambayev again became the leader of the Social Democrats.

After the forum, which was held behind closed doors for the press, he met with journalists for the first time after four months of silence.

The speech by Almazbek Atambayev was traditionally emotional, sometimes sharp and contained a large portion of criticism against his protege — the incumbent head of state, Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

24.kg news agency addressed the spokeswoman for the country’s leader with a request to comment on the critical accusations of Almazbek Atambayev against Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

«The speech of the former head of state Almazbek Atambayev was not unexpected for the president of Kyrgyzstan, as they had discussed these topics and problems two days before the SDPK congress. And everyone remained of the same mind. As a result, the ex-president then publicly expressed his resentment towards Sooronbai Jeenbekov,» the Spokeswoman for the country’s leader, Tolgonai Stamalieva, told 24.kg news agency.

Answering the question whether there will be an official reaction of Sooronbai Jeenbekov to the statements of Almazbek Atambayev, Tolgonai Stamalieva stressed that response of the president of Kyrgyzstan was not planned.

The press conference of the ex-president was quite emotional. He satisfied the curiosity of the public and journalists. We consider it inappropriate to comment or react to the emotional statements of the ex-president.

Tolgonai Stamalieva

«Especially since they had talked with Sooronbai Sharipovich about everything. And Almazbek Sharshenovich is aware of the position of the president on all the issues he had voiced,» she added.

As Tolgonai Stamalieva noted, as for possible questions, for example, about the true situation around the modernization of the Bishkek HPP, the public is to learn the whole truth after the investigation of the causes of the January breakdown.

«I think it’s logical to wait for the president’s official statement on this issue after the results of the investigations, including the deputy commission,» said Tolgonai Stamalieva.

The president of the country has nothing to do with the scandal surrounding the tender for the modernization of Bishkek HPP. The agreement on the tender was signed in 2013, when Sooronbai Jeenbekov worked as a governor of Osh region.

Tolgonai Stamalieva

«The opening of the renewed heating plant took place on August 30, 2017 without the participation of Sooronbai Jeenbekov. He left the post of prime minister on August 21, 2017 to participate in the presidential race,» the presidential spokeswoman reminded.

Tolgonai Stamalieva touched upon the preparations for the autumn-winter period and preparations for 2017-2018 winter.

«Sooronbai Sharipovich also did not participate in it. It was the winter of 2016-2017, when he was the Prime Minister. As everyone remembers, that winter was protracted, from October 2016 to March 2017. But it passed without shocks, except for a small incident in an orphanage in Tokmak town, where the heating switched off in the cold. This breakdown was eliminated under the control of the then Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov,» she reminded.