Kyrgzstan holds presidentail election

Oct. 30, 2011, midnight

Former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev won Kyrgyzstan's presidential election on Sunday with almost 63 percent of the vote. The margin is enough for Atambayev, who defeated 15 other candidates, to avoid a second round runoff. Two of the other leading contenders have alleged fraud and stated they may challenge the results in court, though so far their protests have been limited to small street demonstrations in Osh and Jalal-Abad. The election comes eighteen months after a "people's revolt" overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Since then, Roza Otunbayeva, Central Asia's first female head of state, has served as Transitional President.

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