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Southern Kyrgyzstan, a major transit area for Afghan heroin trafficking, was devastated last summer by deadly ethnic clashes that killed almost 500 people, mainly ethnic Uzbeks, the Associated Press reported. As the ethnic violence fueled nationalist sentiments within the country, Mr. Tashiyev and Mr. Madumarov saw their support bases grow.
The defeated candidates said they are not interested in entering negotiations with the new administration. Mr. Madumarov said he will work with other candidates who lost to set up new elections. He said parliament must hold an “extraordinary session” and make a decision on it.
Still, some voters said they were relieved about the election’s outcome, even if it wasn’t the one they had hoped for.
“It is good that nothing bad happened during elections and the life here is back in its normal way,” said Gulnara, a woman from Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan who only gave her first name. “There were rumors that violence may occur on elections day but it looks like everything will be okay.”
She said that although many people aren’t happy about the outcome, “today people want peace more.”
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