11 Jan 2021 09:00

Japarov leading in Kyrgyz presidential election with 83.9% of vote - CEC

BISHKEK. Jan 11 (Interfax) - Sadyr Japarov is leading in the early presidential election held in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday with 83.9% of the vote, the Kyrgyz Central Elections Commission (CEC) said in a statement on its website on Monday morning after over 74% of votes had been counted by hand.

The runner-up is opposition candidate Adakhan Madumarov, who gains 5.56% of the vote.

According to the statement, the CEC has received voting protocols from 1,816 polling stations.

Japarov took the office in the wake of protests against the outcome of parliamentary elections that broke out in October 2020 and developed into riots. In order to join the presidential race, he resigned as the interim president and suspended his premiership on November 14.

As reported earlier, upon the count of 98% of ballots cast in automatic counting ballot boxes, Japarov was winning the early presidential election in Kyrgyzstan with 79.2% of the vote.

In all, there were 17 candidates in the Kyrgyz early presidential election on Sunday. The voter turnout exceeded 39%.

Kyrgyzstan combined the early presidential election with a referendum on the form of government. The presidential form of government was backed up by 81% of voters, 10.94% of voters chose the parliamentary republic, and 4.45% voted for "none of the above."