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    BISHKEK, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - The electoral bloc of Kyrgyzstan's two main political figures, Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Feliks Kulov, will bring stability to the republic, a Russian expert said Monday.

    "The elections showed that the political tandem of Bakiyev and Kulov and their joint actions were justified," Vladimir Rushailo, the head of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), told RIA Novosti.

    Rushailo headed a CIS mission of observers at the early presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, which were triggered by the ousting of long-time leader Askar Akayev in spring.

    Rushailo made his statement after the preliminary election results had been announced.

    "Kulov could independently register as a presidential candidate and this move would have obviously split the electorate," Rushailo said. "But he sacrificed his political ambitions in the interests of stability in the country."

    Rushailo said, "the Kulov-Bakiyev electoral alliance, if it is maintained after the elections, will benefit the country and bring stability to it."

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