The frontrunner in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election, Almazbek Atambaev, has earned enough votes to claim victory. The election committee says the acting prime minister received more than 60 per cent of the votes.
The heads of states within the Collective Security Treaty Organization intend to strengthen its role, its current chairman, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, said after an informal summit in the Kazakh capital Astana.
Kyrgyz law enforcers have been given permission to use firearms in case of mass disturbances in the south of the country on the anniversary of last year’s deadly clashes in Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city of Osh.
Kyrgyz court has banned books dedicated to the interethnic violence that broke out last June, claiming they are biased and “form a negative image of Kyrgyzstan”. Security services are now searching for the authors of the two-volume edition.