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Twenty-Five Parties Registered For Kyrgyz Vote


Election officials count votes at a polling station in Bishkek during a 2009 ballot in Kyrgyzstan.

Election officials count votes at a polling station in Bishkek during a 2009 ballot in Kyrgyzstan.

BISHKEK -- Some 25 political parties so far have successfully registered to take part in upcoming parliamentary elections, a Central Election Commission member has told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service.

Jenish Akmatov, the commission member responsible for processing the applications, spoke after the deadline passed today.

A final announcement on how many parties are registered is expected on August 31.

The election campaign kicks off on September 10.

According to the Kyrgyz Constitution, the political party that wins the October 10 election will be eligible to form a government.

The previous parliament and cabinet were dissolved following the ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiev on April 7 after mass protest demonstrations in which more than 80 people died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes between protesters and security forces.

The subsequent government, under interim President Roza Otunbaeva, organized a referendum in which a majority of voters backed constitutional changes including curbing presidential powers.
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