Kyrgyz Candidate Alleges Violations In Presidential Vote, But Suggests He Will Accept Official Results
The chief rival of the candidate authorities say won the presidency in Kyrgyzstan has alleged the voting was marred by violations but suggested he would not challenge the official result, potentially paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power.
Omurbek Babanov spoke at a news conference on October 16, hours after the Central Election Commission said preliminary results indicated ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov won more than 54 percent of the vote -- enough to avoid a runoff.
International observers, meanwhile, praised the vote as competitive and transparent but said that "numerous and significant problems were noted" during the count and that "misuse of public resources, pressure on voters, and vote-buying remain a concern."...