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Kyrgyzstan: Protests Continue Against Election Results

Bishkek, 16 March 2000 (RFE/RL) - Hundreds of people throughout Kyrgyzstan today continued peaceful demonstrations against the results of weekend parliamentary elections. Yesterday, thousands across the country protested in support of opposition leader Denier Usenov, who was banned after the first round of elections last month, and opposition leader Feliks Kulov, who lost his bid for a parliamentary seat in the weekend runoff election, despite holding a big lead in the first round. Our correspondent in Bishkek says protesters today are marking the Muslim holiday of Kurban Bairam with prayer in the capital city's central square.

In Kara-Buura, protests continued for the fifth day as demonstrators continue to occupy the district administrative building. Officials have refused to negotiate with the protesters.