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Kyrgyzstan votes for a new president

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Kyrgyzstan votes for a new president


Kyrgyzstan is going to the polls to vote for a new president.

The election is the result of reforms put in place after a bloody uprising toppled the president in April last year.

Russia and the US have military bases in Kyrgyzstan, which is moving towards more democracy after 20 years of authoritarian rule.

One of the presidential frontrunners is Adakhan Madumarov, a national billiards champion and former deputy prime minister.

But opinion polls suggest the Moscow-backed prime minister Almazbek Atambayev is also a favourite to win.

Last year’s revolution was led by the outgoing president Roza Otunbayeva, who reduced presidential powers and strengthened the role of parliament.

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