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Kyrgyzstan election odds favor strongman rule after 2020 turmoil

Prison-to-presidency populist Japarov expected to win Sunday as China watches

Kyrgyzstan presidential candidate Sadyr Japarov attends an election rally on Dec. 30. As recently as October, he was serving a 10-year sentence for organizing a kidnapping.   © Reuters

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan goes to the polls on Sunday for two votes that look likely to cement the Central Asian state's dramatic political evolution over the last three months.

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