Losing parties cry foul after tense Kyrgyz vote

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Opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan cried foul on Monday after an automated count bedevilled by technical issues showed them losing in a parliamentary election.

Dozens of supporters of four opposition parties had gathered outside the offices of the Central Election Commission in the capital Bishkek, with police watching on.

In three decades of independence, the impoverished ex-Soviet Central Asian nation has seen three presidents unseated during street protests fuelled by a combination of corruption.—AFP

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