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Kyrgyzstan Confirms Atambayev Won Presidential Poll

Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambaev
Almazbek Atambaev was officially confirmed today as the winner of Kyrgyzstan's presidential election, securing nearly 63 percent of the October 30 vote.

The Central Election Commission announced that Atambaev, a former prime minister, won an outright majority, avoiding the need for a second-round runoff.

Adakhan Madumarov, leader of the Butun Kyrgyzstan (United Kyrgyzstan) party, won a close-run race for second place.

He polled 14.8 percent to edge out third-placed Kamchibek Tashiev, with 14.3 percent.

None of the other 13 candidates polled more than 1 percent of the vote.