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Kyrgyzstan: Protests Continue Over Disqualified Candidate

Tash-Komur, Kyrgyzstan; 8 November 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Hundreds of opposition supporters continue to gather in a western Kyrgyz town to await results of a parliamentary group's investigation of an election that they contend was won by an opposition candidate. The people gathered in Tash-Komur -- about 250 kilometers southwest of the capital Bishkek -- are supporters of Usen Sydykov. He got 46 percent of the votes in elections last month. It was not enough to win in the first round. On top of that, a court disqualified him for the runoff that is to be held this weekend, saying his documents were not in order.

Sydykov and his supporters claim there were violations in the balloting and that his true vote count was more than 50 percent.

A parliamentary commission arrived in Tash-Komur on 6 November to investigate the voting.