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Medvedev sceptical over Kyrgyz vote

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Russia has poured scorn on the outcome of Kyrgyzstan’s vote to create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy.

With almost all ballots counted from Sunday’s referendum results show 90 percent of people want a new constitution.

Interim leader, Rosa Otubayeva, the first woman to head a Central Asian state says the outcome will put the country on a path towards becoming a “true people’s democracy.”

But in contrast to the Kremlin’s immediate support after April’s uprising that overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Dmitry Medvedev warned that a new political system could eventually bring about Kyrgyzstan’s collapse if extremists seize power.

“I don’t really understand how a parliamentary republic would look and work in Kyrgyzstan. This concerns me,” he said at a news conference after the G8 and G20 summits.

Election observers praised what they called the “resilience of Kyrgyz citizens” and said the provisional government did succeed in creating the conditions for a peaceful vote.

But many people in Osh fear simmering ethnic tensions may erupt again.

At least 294 people, possibly hundreds more, were killed this month in violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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