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Protesters Block Highway In Southern Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz presidential candidate Kamchybek Tashiev
Kyrgyz presidential candidate Kamchybek Tashiev
JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Some 1,000 supporters of a defeated candidate in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election blocked the Bishkek-Osh highway in the southern Jalal-Abad Oblast on October 31, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The protesters say the results of the election on October 30, giving 63 percent to the front-runner, former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev, were rigged.

The protesters are supporters of third-placed Kamchybek Tashiev, leader of the Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party.

Ata-Jurt activist Rashid Sulaimanov told RFE/RL that the highway was blocked at the bridge over the Kara-Unkur River, near the town of Bazar-Korgon.

With almost all ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said Atambaev has some 63 percent of the vote, followed by opposition United Kyrgyzstan party leader Adakhan Madumarov (14.71 percent), and Tashiev in third place with 14.21 percent.

Voter turnout was just over 60 percent.

Dozens of people took to the streets on October 31 in the southern cities of Jalal-Abad and Osh to demand that the election results be annulled.

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