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Kyrgyz nationalist wins presidency in landslide: preliminary count

Japarov grabs about 80% of vote, with referendum to grant him greater power

Sadyr Japarov and his wife Aigul pose for a picture after casting their ballots in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election in Bishkek on Jan. 10.   © Reuters

BISHKEK (Reuters) -- Nationalist politician Sadyr Japarov won a landslide victory on Sunday in Kyrgyzstan's snap presidential election, which was triggered by the collapse of the previous government.

Japarov has won almost 80% of the vote in the Central Asian nation which is closely allied with Russia, preliminary results cited by Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission showed, meaning there will be no run-off.

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