Kyrgyzstan deputy prime minister dies in car accident

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BISHKEK (TCA) — A deputy prime minister of Kyrgyzstan was killed when a vehicle he was riding in collided with a KamAZ truck on a highway near the Kyrgyz capital city, Bishkek.

Temir Jumakadyrov, 38, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident that happened early in the morning of October 7 west of Bishkek. Both his driver and his assistant were killed in the collision as well, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

Jumakadyrov had been tasked by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov with overseeing preparations for the October 15 presidential vote to elect a successor to outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev.

At the time of the accident, Jumakadyrov was reportedly traveling to the northwestern Talas region to inspect polling stations ahead of the election.

According to preliminary reports, a KamAZ heavy truck went to the oncoming lane and collided with Jumakadyrov’s vehicle, 24.kg news agency reported.

“Temir Jumakadyrov was one of my favorite pupils; he was only 38 years old. He was a man whom I saw as one of the leaders of the country,” President Atambayev said today at the presentation of state awards.

Atambayev, who took office in 2007, is barred by Kyrgyzstan’s constitution from seeking a second term. Two previous presidents were driven from office by popular protests in the former Soviet republic in 2005 and 2010.

Kyrgyzstan has one of the highest traffic-fatality rates per capita across the former Soviet Union and Europe.

Sergey Kwan

TCA