The United States has stepped up security in Kazakhstan as protesters in Kyrgistan take to the streets demanding an end to corruption.
The protests began on Saturday, after President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov announced plans to close an oil pipeline with Russia and to impose curbs on foreign investment in the country.
Berdymuzhgan and his government are battling a long-running insurgency in the Central Asian country.
The protesters have also called for a return to the rule of a previous president who ruled the country for nearly a decade.
“I’m not saying that I’m going to give up my power, I’m just not going to,” Berdysr said on Sunday.
“It’s time for a new, peaceful, and fair, free and fair country.
I want the people to vote for me.
And if the people want that, then I am ready to give it to them.””
The president is saying he wants to be president and that the people do not want him, so he is taking the decision to suspend the presidential elections,” Tariq Tazhy, the president of the opposition party United Russia, told CNN on Sunday, referring to Berdiyev.
Tazhy called for protests to be held nationwide in the next few days, but the US embassy in the Kyrgyzan capital, Bishkek, issued a statement to state news agency Interfax saying it had “zero tolerance for violent behavior and violence.””US citizens and the Kyrgic people deserve a peaceful future and a peaceful transition,” the embassy said.