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Kyrgyz Opposition Candidate Allowed To Run

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24 February 2005 -- Protesters in the northeastern Tiup district of Kyrgyzstan have lifted a roadblock they put in place two days ago after an opposition candidate had his right to run in the country's 27 February parliamentary elections reinstated.

Sadyr Japarov was barred from competing in the election earlier this week.

In response, Japarov's supporters blocked the main southern road in the region.

Late yesterday, the district election commission overturned that decision and reinstated Japarov's candidacy.

The Bishkek-Torugart highway remained blocked in the eastern Naryn province near the village of Kochkor. Demonstrators there continue to call for two opposition candidates to be allowed to run in elections after a court decision earlier this week barred both from competing in the poll.

In the southern Osh province, the provincial Interior Ministry announced today that it has increased the number of police out on patrol to prevent any instability there.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service/AKIpress/Kabar/ITASN)

Also see:

"Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Prepares For Parliamentary Elections (Part 1)"


"Kyrgyzstan: Youth Groups Show Renewed Interest In Politics (Part 2)"

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