Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek residents share their views on the presidential election

Residents of Bishkek shared their opinions about the ongoing presidential election, Sunday. Said one resident, Svetlana, «I hope that these elections will pass more quietly, without any revolutions. We are already tired of all sorts of revolutions. I would like to believe that there will be some development, some positive change without any explosions, without any emotions.» Another resident... Еще, Almazbek, said, «I hope that people have a positive mood. And all in anticipation of something better, changes in life.» A total of 11 candidates are seeking to replace the incumbent president, Almazbek Atambayev, who is constitutionally barred from running for re-election for a second six-year term. A close race is predicted between two of the candidates, former Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov and businessman Omurbek Babanov. Polls close at 20.00 local time (14.00 GMT) with preliminary results to be announced a few hours later. The election will head to a run-off if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.

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