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Anti-Bakiev Protest Continues In Kyrgyz Capital

BISHKEK -- Hundreds of people in Bishkek are continuing to protest the results of parliamentary elections that put in first place a party with ties to the ousted former president, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Some 700 members and supporters of the Meken Sheyitteri (Martyrs of the Homeland) and Aikol Ala-Too (Generous Ala-Too Mountains) movements continued picketing the government building in Bishkek to demand a "revision" of the October 10 election results.

They say many political figures who still support ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev won parliament mandates.

The demonstrators also demanded the immediate adoption of a lustration law with the aim of determining which political figures collaborated with the Bakiev regime.

The protest action got under way on October 13 after it was announced that the Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party won the largest number of votes (8.89 percent of eligible voters).

The protesters say many Ata-Jurt party members are pro-Bakiev.

Ata-Jurt party co-Chairman Sadyr Japarov told RFE/RL earlier that his party's election victory was fair.

Bakiev was ousted in the wake of antigovernment demonstrations in Bishkek on April 7. He is currently living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.