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Kyrgyz President-Elect In Talks With Failed Candidates

Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambaev
Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambaev
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambaev says his two main challengers in the election could join Kyrgyzstan's next government, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Atambaev received 63 percent of the vote in preliminary results from the presidential election held on October 30.

Atambaev spokesman Kadyr Toktogulov told RFE/RL on November 1 that "Atambaev has been in constant contact with [runners-up Kamchybek] Tashiev and [Adakhan] Madumarov and will continue sustaining constructive dialogue with them."

The leader of the opposition United Kyrgyzstan party, Madumarov, received 14.76 percent in the election and the leader of Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party, Tashiev, received some 14.33 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Tashiev and Madumarov insist that a repeat election should be held due to violations.

Madumarov's representative in the southern Osh region, Mamatjan Abdukarimov, told RFE/RL that Madumarov's supporters were planning to hold mass protests in different parts of the country on November 2.

Abdukarimov said Madumarov's supporters would protest the election results because they considered the vote illegal, as their rights were "violated."

Abdukarimov added that many voters were not on voters' lists and there were other violations, and therefore the elections should be held again.

The lawyer for the Ata-Jurt party, Rashit Sulaimanov, told RFE/RL that Tashiev's supporters planned to hold protests in the southern cities of Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken on November 2.

Sulaimanov said the demonstrators would demand the results of the elections be annulled.

Atambaev, head of the Social Democrats, told reporters on October 31 that there would be "no more revolutions" in Kyrgyzstan.

The Kyrgyz overthrew longtime leader Askar Akaev in a popular uprising in 2005 known as the Tulip Revolution and ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev in April 2010 during the People's Revolution.

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