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BISHKEK (TCA) — The press service of Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) on October 24 said that an early presidential election has been scheduled to take place on January 10.

The CEC said the decision was made at its session in Bishkek today.

The announcement comes after weeks of political upheaval that toppled the Central Asian state's government and prompted the resignation of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

The chaos erupted after allegations of vote-buying and other improprieties marred the country's October 4 parliamentary elections.

Mass protests over the vote tally, which gave victory mainly to parties aligned with Jeenbekov's government, prompted the CEC to annul the results of the parliamentary vote.

Sadyr Japarov, a former lawmaker who was jailed on charges of kidnapping a political rival, was freed from prison in the midst of the demonstrations and approved on October 14 by parliament as prime minister.

Japarov also took over the powers of the presidency when Jeenbekov vacated the post. He is set to serve as acting president until the January election.

Japarov has said he will run for the presidency if constitutional amendments are approved to allow it.

Kyrgyzstan's constitution forbids a person serving as an acting or interim president from taking part in a presidential election.

Some legal experts say changing the constitution could require a national referendum.

But since Japarov took office, parliament has been working on possible changes to the law on presidential and parliamentary elections.


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