15:40 GMT29 October 2020
Listen Live
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    by
    1614
    Subscribe

    A fire in the building of the Kyrgyz White House, which hosts the parliament and the presidential offices, began shortly after protesters seized the area early Tuesday, as mass demonstrations erupted in Bishkek after the release of preliminary results in the parliamentary election.

    Video recorded by Sputnik correspondents near the Bishkek White House shows the building engulfed in flames, with the fire moving to other floors after starting in the upper part of the building.

    Firefighters arrived to the scene shortly after the fire began. 

    Earlier on Tuesday, the White House was occupied by protesters, following protests against preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan, as people supporting parties that failed to qualify in the vote demanded a recount.

    ​The majority party agreed to a recount, as the Kyrgyz president voiced his intention to meet on Tuesday with the leaders of the parties that participated in the election.

    Related:

    Video: Kyrgyz White House in First Minutes After Seizure by Protesters
    Live Updates: Sadyr Japarov Replaces Kubatbek Boronov as Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
    Clashes Die Down in Bishkek as Protesters Gather in Ala-Too Square Following Elections
    Tags:
    Bishkek, White House, protest, Election, Kyrgyzstan
    Community standardsDiscussion