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Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Vote On October 30

Polls opened on October 30 for Kyrgyzstan's 3-million-plus registered voters to pick a new president for the first time since bloody protests chased Kurmanbek Bakiev from power a year and a half ago. Interim leader Roza Otunbaeva declined to run, leaving a field of 16 presidential hopefuls to battle it out to lead post-Soviet Central Asia's lone parliamentary democracy. (Photos by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and official sources)

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Outgoing leader Roza Otunbaeva arrives to vote at a Bishkek polling station.
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Outgoing leader Roza Otunbaeva arrives to vote at a Bishkek polling station.

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Security outside Kyrgyzstan's embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on October 30.
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Security outside Kyrgyzstan's embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on October 30.

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