Kyrgyz president declares state of emergency amid protests

MOSCOW (AP) — The embattled president of Kyrgyzstan has moved to end the political turmoil that followed a disputed parliamentary election, ordering a state of emergency in the capital. Meanwhile, clashes between rival factions escalated and gunshots were fired at politicians. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said the measure would start 8 p.m. Friday and last until Oct. 21. The interior ministry later said it would start Saturday. Jeenbekov ordered the military to deploy troops to Bishkek to enforce it. He has faced calls to resign by protesters who stormed government buildings after Sunday’s parliamentary vote was reportedly swept by pro-government parties. Protesters freed former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was jailed on charges seen by his supporters as a political vendetta.