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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 16:23 GMT
Kyrgyzstan election protest continues

Protesters in southern Kyrgyzstan have called on President Askar Akayev to dismiss local officials who they say interfered with the voting process during Sunday's presidential elections.

In a letter the demonstrators demanded the resignation of the governor of Jalalabad, and denounced the result of the ballot -- in which Mr Akayev was re-elected -- as undemocratic and unfair.

Meanwhile, the head of the Kyrgyz electoral commission Sulayman Imanbayev has admitted what he called minor irregularities in the run-up to the vote, but said they could not have affected the result. International election observers said the vote failed to meet international standards.

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