President of Kyrgyzstan

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President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Кыргыз Республикасынын Президенти (Kyrgyz)
Президент Кыргызской Республики (Russian)
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Sooronbay Jeenbekov

since 24 November 2017
Style Mr. President (informally)
Comrade Commander-in-Chief (military)
His Excellency (international correspondence)
Member ofCabinet
Security Council
Residence White House
Ala Archa State Residence
Appointer Direct election
Term length 6 years, non-renewable
Inaugural holder Askar Akayev
Formation27 October 1990;29 years ago (1990-10-27)
Salary1 281 609 som annually [1]
Website President of Kyrgyz Republic
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The president of Kyrgyzstan is the head of state and the highest official of the Kyrgyz Republic. The president, according to the constitution, "is the symbol of the unity of people and state power, and is the guarantor of the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic, and of an individual and citizen." The president is directly elected for no more than one six-year term by the Kyrgyz electorate. The office of president was established in 1990 replacing the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet that existed, in different forms, from 1927 whilst the country was known as the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic.


The first popularly elected officeholder was Askar Akayev, who served from October 1990 until March 24, 2005. In July 2005, Kurmanbek Bakiyev was elected. He was re-elected in 2009, but large riots in April 2010 forced him to resign and flee the country. Roza Otunbayeva was selected in April 2010 to head the interim government. She was officially inaugurated on July 3, 2010, as president for a limited term, until elections could be organised. Her successor, Almazbek Atambayev, was elected in the 2011 Kyrgyzstani presidential election and subsequently succeeded Otunbayeva on 1st December that year.

On October 16, 2017, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, the former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, was elected president of the country. He took office on 24 November 2017.

Oath of office

Upon taking office, the president raises his/her right arm and puts it on the Kyrgyz Constitution while reciting the following oath:

Мен, (аты-жөнү), Кыргыз Республикасынын Президентинин кызматына киришип жатып, өз элимдин алдында жана Ала-Тоо ыйык Ата, мен ант Кыргыз Республикасынын Башмыйзамынын сыйлоого жана коргоого жана анын мыйзамдарын, Кыргыз Республикасынын мамлекеттик, урмат-сый эгемендигин жана көз карандысыздыгын коргоого жана урмат-сый менен Кыргыз Республикасынын бардык жарандарынын эркиндиги менен укуктарын камсыз кылуу жана талыкпай жогорку милдеттерин жүзөгө ашыруу үчүн Кыргыз Республикасынын президенти, бүткүл эл ишенип мага жүктөгөн! Кудай бизди коргой берсин!

Russian Translation:

Я (полное имя), вступая в должность Президента Кыргызской Республики, перед своим народом и священным отечеством Ала-Тоо, клянусь уважать и защищать Конституцию Кыргызской Республики и ее законы, защищать суверенитет и независимость Кыргызского государства, уважать и обеспечивать права и свободы всех граждан Кыргызской Республики с честью и неустанно выполнять высокие обязанности Президент Кыргызской Республики, доверил мне доверие всего народа! Да защитит нас Бог!

English Translation:

I, (full name) in assuming the office of President of the Kyrgyz Republic, before my people and the sacred fatherland of Ala-Too, I swear to respect and protect the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and its laws, to protect the sovereignty and independence of the Kyrgyz state, respect and ensure the rights and freedoms of all citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic with honor and tirelessly carry out the high duties of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, entrusted to me by the confidence of the whole people! May God protect us!



The office of president is open to all citizens of Kyrgyzstan who are no younger than 35 years of age, and no older than 65 years of age. A candidate must have a command of the state language, and have resided in the republic for no less than 15 years before the nomination of his or her candidacy for the position. The president cannot be a deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament), occupy other positions, or carry out entrepreneurial activities, and must suspend activity in political parties and organizations for their period in office.

On taking office the president must take the following oath, stipulated by Article 45 of the constitution, within 30 days of election before the assembled members of the legislative chamber:

"I, ..., assuming the office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, before my People and the Sacred homeland Ala-Too do swear:

to sacredly observe and defend the Constitution and laws of the Kyrgyz Republic; to defend the sovereignty and independence of the Kyrgyz State;

to respect and guarantee the rights and freedoms of all citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic; with honor and tirelessly to perform the great responsibility of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic entrusted to me by the confidence of all the People!". [2]

Electoral law

The president is elected by the citizens of Kyrgyzstan by a majority of votes cast. These elections are held on the basis of universal suffrage, and by secret ballot. To become a candidate a person must obtain the signatures of fifty thousand registered voters.

For an election to be considered valid the turnout must not be lower than fifty percent. Similarly, if a candidate wins the backing of fifty percent of the voters who participated they are the winner. Should no candidate win an outright majority in the first round, the two candidates with the highest number of votes face each other in a second ballot.

Inauguration ceremony

The Inauguration ceremony of the president of Kyrgyzstan is a ceremony that takes place to mark the start of a new term for the president of Kyrgyzstan.

List of inaugural ceremonies

DatePresidentLocation Place Document Sworn OnNotes
December 10, 1991 Askar Akayev White House, Bishkek Constitution of the Kyrgyz SSR It was the first presidential inauguration in the history of Kyrgyzstan. [3]
October 29, 1995 Askar Akayev White House, Bishkek Constitution of Kyrgyzstan
December 24, 2000 Askar Akayev Philarmonic Hall named after Toktogul Satylganov Constitution of Kyrgyzstan
August 14, 2005 Kurmanbek Bakiyev Ala-Too Square Constitution of KyrgyzstanIt took place on Ala-Too Square for the first time. [4] The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, [5] the prime minister of Tajikistan, Oqil Oqilov, the Chairman of the National Assembly of Belarus, Gennady Novitsky, the minister of Defense of Turkey, Vecdi Gönül, and the minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Borys Tarasyuk attended the inauguration. [6]
August 2, 2009 Kurmanbek Bakiyev Government House, BishkekConstitution of Kyrgyzstan
July 3, 2010 Roza Otunbayeva Philarmonic Hall named after Toktogul Satylganov Constitution of Kyrgyzstan
December 1, 2011 Almazbek Atambayev Philarmonic Hall named after Toktogul Satylganov Constitution of KyrgyzstanHe was inaugurated on December 1, 2011. The ceremony was attended by the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, and president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. The ceremony budget cost less than half of what was spent for inauguration ceremony of Kurmanbek Bakiev in 2009. [7]
November 24, 2017 Sooronbay Jeenbekov Ala Archa State Residence Constitution of Kyrgyzstan It was the first inauguration ceremony to take place at the Ala Archa State Residence. [8]


Sooronbay Jeenbekov receiving Ilham Aliyev at the State Residence No. 2. Ilham Aliyev met with Kyrgyzian President Sooronbay Jeenbekov 04.jpg
Sooronbay Jeenbekov receiving Ilham Aliyev at the State Residence №2.

Duties and functions

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Presidential seal.

The head of state holds significant power as provided for in the constitution. This states that they have the authority to:

Presidential appointments


The president may be dismissed from office by Parliament only on the basis of a charge made by the Legislative Assembly of state treason or another grievous crime supported by a ruling of the Constitutional Court. Such a decision requires the support of two-thirds of the Jogorku Kenesh who are immediately dismissed should the president be found innocent.


If the president becomes unable to carry out their duties for reasons such as death, illness or impeachment, the prime minister shall carry out their duties until the election of a new head of state. This must take place within three months of the termination of their Presidency.

Before 2017, Kyrgyzstan knew no peaceful transition of power from the president to president. Both Askar Akayev and Kurmanbek Bakiev were forced to leave their chairs by a civil unrest. Almazbek Atambayev was succeeded by Sooronbay Jeenbekov in 2017.

List of Presidents of Kyrgyzstan

The first column consecutively numbers the individuals who have served as president, while the second column consecutively numbers the Presidential terms or administrations.

PictureTook officeLeft officePolitical party
Askar Akayev
Аскар Акаев
Askar Akayev 2007-12-05.jpg 27 October 199029 October 1995 Independent
29 October 199529 October 2000
29 October 200024 March 2005
2 Ishenbai Kadyrbekov
Ишенбай Кадырбеков
Flag of the President of Kyrgyzstan.svg 24 March 200525 March 2005 Independent
Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Курманбек Бакиев
Kurmanbek Bakiyev 2006 (cropped).jpg 25 March 200514 August 2005 People's Movement of Kyrgyzstan
14 August 200515 October 2007
315 October 200723 July 2009 Ak Jol
23 July 20097 April 2010
4 Roza Otunbayeva
Роза Отунбаева
Roza Otunbayeva 2011-03-08.jpg 7 April 2010
3 July 2010 Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan
43 July 20101 December 2011
Almazbek Atambayev
Алмазбек Атамбаев
Almazbek Atambayev 2016-09-16.jpg 1 December 201124 November 2017 Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan
Sooronbay Jeenbekov
Сооронбай Жээнбеков
Sooronbay Jeenbekov (2018-05-14) 02.jpg 24 November 2017Incumbent
(Term ends on 24 November 2023)
Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan

Living former presidents

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Askar Akayev - Served 1990 - 2005 (10 November 1944; Aged 74)
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Kurmanbek Bakiyev - Served 2005 - 2010 (1 August 1949; Aged 69)
Roza Otunbayeva 2011-03-08.jpg
Roza Otunbayeva - Served 2010 - 2011 (23 August 1950; Aged 68)
Almazbek Atambayev 2016-09-16.jpg
Almazbek Atambayev - Served 2011 - 2017 (17 September 1956; Aged 62)

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