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Defeated Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate Vows 'Fight To The End'

Defeated Kyrgyz presidential candidate Adakhan Madumarov
BISHKEK -- The runner-up in last month's Kyrgyz presidential election says he will continue to challenge the official results, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Adakhan Madumarov, the leader of the opposition United Kyrgyzstan party, placed second with 14.75 percent of the vote in the October 30 poll after former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev on 63 percent.

Madumarov told RFE/RL on November 7 that his supporters will continue to stage protests. He said they have the right to express their opinion openly via peaceful demonstrations.

Madumarov said many voters were not able to cast ballots as their names were not on the electoral roll.

Madumarov claims he is ready to challenge the election results at successive legal instances up to and including Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court.

"I will continue to fight to the end until the election results are annulled by the Supreme Court," he said.

Supporters of Ata-Jurt party leader Kamchybek Tashiev, who placed third with 14.33 percent, staged similar protests votes last week to demand the election results be annulled and a new election held.

Tashiev called on November 4 for a halt to those protests. At the same time, he said the checking of all ballot papers should continue, and all officials found responsible for any violations during the voting should be held accountable.

President-elect Atambaev told journalists on November 1 that he was in contact with Tashiev and Madumarov and that they could join the next government.

Read more in Kyrgyz here