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83 candidates to run for Kyrgyz presidency

08-16-2011 16:49 BJT

BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A total of 83 candidates would run in the Oct. 30 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Election Commission said Tuesday.

Sixteen candidates were nominated by political parties, and the remaining 67 were independents, a commission spokesman told the Interfax news agency.

The candidates now must collect at least 30,000 signatures and pay a collateral of more than 2,000 U.S. dollars by Sept. 25, when the electoral campaign starts. They will also have to pass a language exam.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev was nominated by his Social Democratic Party. Politically affiliated candidates also include Adakhan Madumarov from the opposition party Butun Kyrgyzstan, Iskhak Masaliyev from the Communist Party and Kamchibek Tashiyev from Ata-Zhurt party.

Independent candidates include former acting Prosecutor General Kubatbek Baibolov and former Interior Minister Omurbek Suvanaliyev.

The October election would be the first after riots in 2010 ousted former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has said she would not run for presidency.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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