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    With 25% of the votes counted, incumbent President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has a vast lead in Kyrgyzstan's presidential elections, election officials said on Friday.

    BISHKEK, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - With 25% of the votes counted, incumbent President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has a vast lead in Kyrgyzstan's presidential elections, election officials said on Friday.

    The country's Central Election Commission reported that Bakiyev had 89.3% of votes tallied, against 5.8% for his main opponent, Almazbek Atambayev.

    Atambayev withdrew his candidacy on Thursday claiming fraud.

    The four other candidates in the presidential elections received 1.6% or less of the overall ballots.

    Turnout in Thursday's election was at least 79.3%, although a final figure had not been announced. The vote was declared valid on Thursday afternoon when turnout passed the 50% threshold.

     

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