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Polls Close in Kyrgyzstan Run-Off Parliamentary Election


The polls have closed in Kyrgyzstan's run-off parliamentary elections, amid complaints by election monitors that the ballot was marred by irregularities and vote-buying.

Kyrgyz officials said more than half of the country's 1.5 million eligible voters turned out Sunday to choose candidates who failed to win outright majorities in last month's first round vote.

Electoral officials said the ballot was held in a free and fair manner, but election monitors have complained of voting irregularities and interference with their work.

Opposition members have accused authorities of vote-fixing, and said President Askar Akayev was trying to fill parliament with cronies and family members.

The opposition also says the Kyrgyz leader may push for a change in the constitution so he can seek a third term in office, but Mr. Akayev says he has no intention of doing so.

Some information provided by AP and AFP.

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