Pro-presidential parties dominate parliamentary vote in Kyrgyzstan | Kyrgyzstan

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Parties close to Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov dominated a parliamentary election, preliminary data shows, although the figures have been disputed by several opposition parties.Results based on 95% of the votes cast on Sunday showed that the Birimdik party of Jeenbekov’s younger brother Asylbek Jeenbekov and the Mekenim Kyrgyzstan party associated with the powerful Matraimov family – an alleged ally of the president – each garner around 24% of the vote .

A third pro-presidential party, the Kyrgyzstan Party, won 9% of the vote according to the preliminary tally released by the Central Election Commission, while a nationalist party, Butun Kyrgyzstan, has just crossed the 7% threshold required for the election. ‘Entrance,

Another nationalist party, Mekenchil, looked set to narrowly narrow with 6.9%, leaving four parties in parliament.

But three parties that failed to cross the threshold denounced the results Sunday evening, two of them having staged a brief protest in the central square of the capital, Bishkek, which they said would continue on Monday.

Speaking after the vote, Janar Akayev, nominal leader of Ata-Meken, said the party saw the vote as illegitimate and would join other parties in opposing the results “with radical methods”. His colleague Tilek Toktogaziyev called the trio of voting parties a “three-headed dragon”.

“We, the Social Democratic Party, claim to have received evidence of hundreds of massive violations during the electoral process,” said a splinter group from the former ruling coalition.

“The opposition parties are already starting to express their discontent,” Charles Stratford of Al Jazeera said in a report from Bishkek.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were due to present their assessment of the vote on Monday.

More than a dozen political parties participated in the elections for the 120 seats in the unicameral national parliament.

Kyrgyzstan has seen two presidents overthrown since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but has enjoyed relative stability since 2010.

Kyrgyzstan’s leadership has strengthened its relations with Russia in recent years through the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union and the
post-Soviet military alliance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Opposition movements have criticized the close ties, saying such a relationship undermines Kyrgyzstan’s independence.



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