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Jeenbekov poised to win Kyrgyz presidential election, preliminary results show
Last Updated: 2017-10-16 08:17 | Xinhua
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Sooronbay Jeenbekov (C), candidate for presidency from the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), casts his ballot at a polling station in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 15, 2017. Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov is leading with more than 50 percent of the vote in the country's presidential election on Sunday, according to official results. (Xinhua/Roman Gainanov)

Former Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov is leading with more than 50 percent of the vote in the country's presidential election on Sunday, according to official results.

According to the latest information, some 1,557,225 voters have voted in the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan, Central Election Commission Chairwoman Nurzhan Shaildabekova told reporters.

Some 15,465 ballots were recognized as void, she said.

"According to the Central Election Commission's website, Sooronbai Jeenbekov leads with 856,971 votes, Omurbek Babanov comes second with 530,189 votes," Shaildabekova said.

A total of 11 presidential candidates are competing for the presidency after two of 13 registered candidates withdrew from the pre-election race.

The voting began at 8:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) and ended at 8:00 p.m. local time (1400 GMT).

According to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, the country's president is elected for a six-year term and will not be allowed to run for re-election. President Almazbek Atambayev's term will end on Dec. 1.

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