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Elections of mayor of Bishkek scheduled for August 8

The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan has set the date of the elections of the mayor of Bishkek.

According to the CEC, the mayor’s election will be held on August 8. The decision was taken at its meeting.

On July 19, the Prime Minister signed an order to dismiss the mayor of the capital, Albek Ibraimov.

The factions of the Bishkek City Council, the majority coalition of the City Council and the prime minister can nominate candidates for the post of the mayor of Bishkek. The law does not provide for self-nomination in mayoral elections.

On July 13, deputies of the Bishkek City Council expressed a vote of no confidence in the mayor of the city at an extraordinary session. At least 40 deputies voted for it. Formal reason for the actual resignation of Albek Ibraimov was the arrest of the First Vice Mayor Renat Makenov. The State Committee for National Security detained him on July 7 as part of the investigation of the criminal case on the illegal allocation of land. The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek chose a preventive measure in the form of detention of Renat Makenov in SCNS pretrial detention center until the end of the investigation.

Albek Ibraimov was arrested until August 29 by court decision. He was charged with embezzlement and corruption.