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Bakiev Declared Winner In Kyrgyzstan


http://gdb.rferl.org/BF88CEDD-7D59-4D86-8672-A2DDAAD49A49_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/BF88CEDD-7D59-4D86-8672-A2DDAAD49A49_mw800_mh600.jpg Acting President Bakiev casting his ballot on 10 July 11 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz acting president Kurmanbek Bakiev today was declared winner of yesterday's presidential election.

The head of the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission, Tuigunaaly
Abdraimov, said Bakiev won 88.9 percent of the vote with 95 percent of all ballots counted.

Bakiev has headed Kyrgyzstan's interim government after former President Askar Akaev fled into exile in the face of massive demonstrations in March.

Five relatively unknown candidates faced Bakiev. Tursunbay Bakir uulu, a moderate Islamist who is Kyrgyzstan's ombudsman, came second with just under 4 percent of the vote.

Turnout was 74.6 percent.

The more than 280 observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States, the CIS, say the elections were "open and popular." In a statement issued today, the observers said the methods used by the contenders to win votes were within generally-accepted ethical norms.

Edil Baisalov, head of the coalition for democracy and civil society, said the coalition's 200 observers "generally think" the result reflects the will of the people.

(AFP/ITAR-TASS)


For RFE/RL's full coverage of Kyrgyzstan's presidential election, see "Kyrgyzstan Votes 2005"
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