Kyrgyz opposition accuses authorities of 'dishonest' elections

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The Kyrgyz authorities have failed to provide conditions for honest parliamentary elections in the country, ex-premier and leader of Ar-Namys opposition party Felix Kulov said on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

"The authorities have not ensured honest elections and that is why the opposition parties have united and agreed to tightly control the process," Kulov said, adding that his party's observers had already registered several instances of electoral law violations at several polling stations.

Kyrgyzstan is holding on Sunday parliamentary elections expected to lead the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into a new legitimate government after the former president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was ousted in April this year in a bloody revolution.

Twenty-nine parties are competing for seats in Kyrgyzstan's 120-member parliament, which will see its powers increase as part of constitutional changes approved in late June in a national referendum.

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva said during an address to the nation on Saturday that the elections will create a new system of government.

The new system of government in Kyrgyzstan will consist of a single-chamber parliament that will choose a prime minister by a majority vote. The premier will govern the nation, whereas the president will hold a symbolic role with virtually no powers.

Otunbayeva, who was named president after Bakiyev fled the country, will remain president until the end of 2011, after which a new president will be elected. She has no right to run for president.

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