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Kyrgyzstan to vote in Central Asia's first real election

Two-horse presidential race draws nine others

The presidential campaign of Sooronbai Jeenbekov, Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister until last month, is backed by Almazbek Atambayev, the incumbent leader. (Photo by Altynai Mambetova)

BISHKEK/EDINBURGH, U.K. -- Kyrgyzstan will vote on Sunday in the first genuinely competitive leadership election in Central Asia.

The vote on Oct. 15 is Kyrgyzstan's second presidential election since a revolution in 2010 but its first competitive one, a watershed for a region more closely associated with Soviet-tinged autocratic leaders.

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