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Chynybai Tursunbekov
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Member of the Kirghiz Supreme Council
In office
17 December 2010 – 6 July 2020
President of the Kirghiz Supreme Council
In office
27 April 2016 – 25 October 2017
Preceded by Asylbek Jêênbekov
Succeeded by Dastan Jumabekov
Personal details
Born 15 October 1960
Jalan-Bulak, Kirghiz SSR
Died 6 July 2020(2020-07-06) (aged 59)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Nationality Kyrgyz
Political party SDPK

Chynybai Akunovich Tursunbekov (Kyrgyz: Чыныбай Акун уулу Турсунбеков, [t͡ʃənəˈbɑj ɑˈkun uːˈlu tursunˈbɛkəf]; 15 October 1960 – 6 July 2020) was a Kyrgyz politician.


Tursunbekov earned a degree in philology from the Kyrgyz National University in 1983, and a doctoral degree from the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences in 1985. 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 anyway surrounding outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev.

On 6 July 2020, Tursunbekov was hospitalized for acute pneumonia in Bishkek. He was tested for COVID-19, which came back positive. 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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