Two parties sweep Kyrgyz election: preliminary data

FILE PHOTO: Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia September 28, 2020. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Two political parties, one of them close to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, won roughly half the votes in Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election on Sunday, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission showed.

Birimdik, a party whose ticket includes Jeenbekov’s brother, and Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, a party viewed as its potential ally, have won about 24% of votes each in the 82% of the polling stations whose data has been tabulated.

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