Chynybaĭ Tursunbekov is confirmed dead at the age of 59.
Chynybaĭ was best known as a Kyrgyz politician.
Chynybaĭ Tursunbekov
Chynybai Tursunbekov in Bishkek. 20.3.2012.JPG
Tursunbekov in 2012
Member of the Kirghiz Supreme Council
In office
2010 – 7 July 2020
President of the Kirghiz Supreme Council
In office
27 April 2016 – 25 October 2017
Preceded byAsylbek Jêênbekov
Succeeded byDastan Jumabekov
Personal details
Born15 October 1960
Jalan-Bulak, Kirghiz SSR
Died7 July 2020(2020-07-07) (aged 59)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
NationalityKyrgyz
Political partySDPK
Chynybaĭ Tursunbekov (15 October 1960 – 7 July 2020) was a Kyrgyz politician.
Biography
Tursunbekov earned a degree in philology from Kyrgyz National University, and a doctoral degree from the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences. Following his education, Tursunbekov became an editor with the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic's state publishing company. Following Kyrgyzstan's independence, he represented several of the new country's ministries abroad. With newfound economic freedom, he began pursuing an entrepreneurial career.
Tursunbekov was first elected to the Kirghiz Supreme Council in 2010 under the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, Supreme Council President Asylbek Jêênbekov resigned his post amidst a conflict of interest with his brother, Sooronbay, who had become Prime Minister. Tursunbekov succeeded Jêênbekov as President of the Supreme Council. However, he left the position the following year, ceding it to Dastan Jumabekov in attempt to "preserve the stability of the country". However, instability arose anyways surrounding outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev. Despite his demotion, Tursunbekov remained in the Supreme Council amidst trouble within his party.
On 6 July 2020, Tursunbekov was hospitalized for acute pneumonia in Bishkek. He was tested for COVID-19, which came back negative. However, his death was announced the following day, with a memorial ceremony attended by the country's political elite. Despite the negative test result, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov made a link between Tursunbekov's pneumonia and the coronavirus only a few hours after the announcement of his death.
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