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October 31, 2010

Five Parties Share Win in Kyrgyz Election

Election officials in Kyrgyzstan have announced final results from last month's elections, with five parties winning seats in the country's parliament.

The election commission said Monday no party won a majority. But the nationalist Ata-Zhurt was announced as the leading vote-winner of the five political parties that passed the five-percent threshold needed to enter the legislative body.

Ata-Zhurt will now lead talks to form a coalition government.  The new government will replace the interim government that has run Kyrgyzstan since a deadly uprising toppled then-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April.

Officials had delayed the release of the results in the October 10 vote while election officials investigated charges of irregularities.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the Kyrgyz people on the "positive, transparent, and well organized" elections.  He encouraged the timely formation of an inclusive government that he said he hoped will "ensure peace, stability and security."

Just two months after the former president was ousted, riots broke out in June between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan.  Hundreds of people were killed and some 400,000 others were displaced.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.