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Numbers Controversy Tainting Kyrgyzstan’s Whistle-Clean Elections

Protesting peacefully, for now.

He looks like a poor loser, but he may have a point. 

The leader of an opposition party that authorities say lost in the October 10 parliamentary elections has threatened he cannot control his followers who may resort to violence. 

"I am warning -- the mood of the people is serious, their patience has run out," Butun Kyrgyzstan leader Adakhan Madumarov told a news conference on October 19 before hundreds of supporters rallied outside the parliament building in Bishkek.

Though he’s been making similarly dramatic statements for over a week, he is right that there is something fishy in the election rules that shut his party out.

Kyrgyzstan’s confusing vote tally is based on a proportional list system. To enter parliament, a party must receive at least 5 percent of the total possible votes. 

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Numbers Controversy Tainting Kyrgyzstan’s Whistle-Clean Elections

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