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Kyrgyzstan: Parliamentary election results cancelled following mass protests02:36

Kyrgyzstan: Parliamentary election results cancelled following mass protests

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
October 6, 2020 at 14:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) annulled the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election on Tuesday following mass protests against the vote.

“The commission decided to declare the results of all polling stations in Kyrgyzstan invalid,” CEC member Gulnar Dzhurabaeva said in Bishkek following a meeting of the body.

She said there were enough legal reasons for the decision, including voter fraud and influence peddling. “The election results cannot be declared valid in these circumstances,” she concluded.

The CEC announcement came shortly after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov accused “certain political forces” of trying to illegally seize power.

The unrest in the country started after the preliminary results of Sunday’s vote were announced.

According to the CEC, only one opposition party managed to get representation in the parliament with the majority of the 120-seat legislature going to the pro-government parties.

On Monday mass opposition rally hit the streets of the capital. The demonstrators clashed with the police and broke into the parliament and the presidential administration overnight.

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry said that one person had died and 686 injured following the protests in Bishkek and other cities.

Kyrgyzstan: Parliamentary election results cancelled following mass protests02:36
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Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) annulled the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election on Tuesday following mass protests against the vote.

“The commission decided to declare the results of all polling stations in Kyrgyzstan invalid,” CEC member Gulnar Dzhurabaeva said in Bishkek following a meeting of the body.

She said there were enough legal reasons for the decision, including voter fraud and influence peddling. “The election results cannot be declared valid in these circumstances,” she concluded.

The CEC announcement came shortly after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov accused “certain political forces” of trying to illegally seize power.

The unrest in the country started after the preliminary results of Sunday’s vote were announced.

According to the CEC, only one opposition party managed to get representation in the parliament with the majority of the 120-seat legislature going to the pro-government parties.

On Monday mass opposition rally hit the streets of the capital. The demonstrators clashed with the police and broke into the parliament and the presidential administration overnight.

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry said that one person had died and 686 injured following the protests in Bishkek and other cities.

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