Kyrgyzstan elections delayed

Kyrgyzstan will hold a presidential election in October 2011, the interim government said on Thursday.

Kyrgyzstan elections delayed

Kyrgyzstan will hold a presidential election in October 2011, the interim government said on Thursday, after it cancelled plans to hold a vote this year amid a surge in inter-ethnic violence.

Kyrgyzstan has been in turmoil since a popular revolt toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on April 7, kindling fears of a civil war in the impoverished former Soviet republic, which hosts both U.S. and Russian military bases.

The interim government announced it would not hold elections this year after a state of emergency was declared on Wednesday in the southern city of Jalalabad, where two people died and 74 were injured in clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.

"The elections should be held in October (2011) and ... in January 2012, there will be a ceremony to mark a peaceful transfer of power," interim government deputy chairman Omurbek Tekebayev told journalists at a briefing in Bishkek.

Interim President Roza Otunbayeva will not be eligible to stand in the elections, he said.

Kyrgyzstan's border with Kazakhstan, which has been closed since the uprising last month, reopened on Wednesday, the Kyrgyz border service said. Kyrgyzstan's border with Uzbekistan remains closed.


Reuters

Last Mod: 20 Mayıs 2010, 13:14
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