Daily Memo: Kyrgyzstan’s President Resigns, Kim’s Apology Tour Continues

Moscow is withholding aid from the Kyrgyz government until the situation stabilizes.

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Kyrgyz president resigns. With protests over the results of Oct. 4 parliamentary elections showing no sign of stopping, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov announced his decision to resign. The new prime minister, Sadyr Zhaparov, had repeatedly demanded Jeenbekov’s resignation. Russia, the major player in the region, said it would not provide financial support to the Kyrgyz government until the political situation stabilized. Leave the pipelines out of this. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused Armenia of trying to attack and seize control of his country’s oil and gas pipelines. He warned of a “severe” outcome if the efforts continue. Dear Leader’s weird apology tour continues. Days after a teary-eyed Kim Jong Un said he had failed to raise living standards in North Korea – and weeks after apologizing for the shooting of a South Korean official – the North Korean leader offered up another public mea culpa on Wednesday. This time, it was over the government’s neglect of a flood-ravaged mining town. Savvy new tactic or is Kim in trouble? Who shot first? The Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned a senior Indian diplomat Thursday to discuss “unprovoked” cross-border fire, which Pakistan said wounded two civilians, in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. An Indian […]

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