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Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Kyrgyz election shows 'democratic progress'

From The Financial Times:

Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Monday won a landslide victory in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election, replacing Askar Akayev, who fled the Central Asian country in March during a popular uprising.

Mr Bakiyev, acting president since Mr Akayev’s fall and one of the six candidates in the poll, won over 88 per cent of the votes, according to preliminary results broadcast by the Central Election Commission.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which drafted 346 observers to monitor the election, said the vote marked “tangible democratic progress” in the country.

“The election marked a clear progress, although the quality of the process deteriorated during the count,” Kimmo Kiljunen, a member of the OSCE’s delegation to Kyrgyzstan, said in a statement.

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