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Election-rigging claims in Kyrgystan

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Election-rigging claims in Kyrgystan


Claims of ballot-rigging have been made after the release of amateur video in Kyrgizstan.

The current Presdient Kurmanbek Bakiyev received close to 83 per cent of the vote on Thursday making him the clear winner. But grainy video images have come to light apparently showing people stuffing handfuls of voting papers into ballot boxes. Supporters of the main opposition leader, former prime minister Almazbek Atambayev, say their candidate has been cheated. He officially received only about seven per cent of the vote. The central election commission says it has investigated irregularities and is not impressed with the evidence. Mr Atambayev’s supporters have announced they’ll protest against the result on Wednesday.

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