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Kyrgyz Election Protesters Force Way Into Court


New Kyrgyz delegates attend a ceremony of handing in mandates to newly elected parliamentarians on November 10.

New Kyrgyz delegates attend a ceremony of handing in mandates to newly elected parliamentarians on November 10.

BISHKEK -- Some 500 supporters of the United Kyrgyzstan party forced their way into Bishkek's Birinchi Mai district court, demanding a meeting with the judge who is currently evaluating their complaint regarding the results of the October 10 parliamentary election, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Additional police have been sent to the court building. United Kyrgyzstan representatives say the party was deliberately excluded from the new parliament.

The Central Election Commission says the party did not receive the minimum number of votes required to qualify for parliamentary representation.

Early on November 10, the commission officially presented badges and certificates to lawmakers from the five parties represented in the new parliament prior to the start of its inaugural session.

Some150 activists from the Meken Sheyitteri (Martyrs of the Homeland) movement tried to prevent the new legislators from entering the parliament building by throwing eggs at them. The movement claims that the new deputies include many former officials who served under President Kurmanbek Bakiev. It is demanding repeat elections.

The Martyrs of the Homeland movement consists mainly of relatives of the 87 people killed and hundreds injured during clashes between antigovernment protesters and security forces in Bishkek on April 7 that culminated in Bakiev's ouster.
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