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Supporters Of United Kyrgyzstan Party Continue Protests

United Kyrgyzstan supporters rally today outside parliament.
United Kyrgyzstan supporters rally today outside parliament.
BISHKEK – Hundreds of people picketed the parliament building in Bishkek today demanding the United Kyrgyzstan party be included in the list of parties that won parliamentary representation in the October 10 election, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

United Kyrgyzstan leaders Adakhan Madumarov and Marat Kaiypov were among the picketers today.

Kyrgyzstan Central Election Commission (CEC) chairman Akylbek Sariev announced on October 12 that United Kyrgyzstan received 4.84 percent of the vote, just short of the minimum 5 percent required to enter parliament.

United Kyrgyzstan political council member Nurlan Shakiev claims the CEC earlier informed Madumarov that 5 percent of the vote is the equivalent of 142,000 votes. United Kyrgyzstan officially received 145,455 votes. But on October 12, Sariev met with Madumarov and told him that 5 percent is actually 149,000 votes. United Kyrgyzstan members and supporters denounced that discrepancy.

Shakiev told RFE/RL that the protest will continue until the party's elected deputies receive their mandates.

International observers and foreign governments assessed the vote as free and fair.