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Kyrgyzstan faces political vacuum as president denounces 'coup'

Tainted election results declared invalid in bid to quell unrest

A demonstrator wears the Kyrgyzstan national flag during a protest against the results of a parliamentary election in the capital Bishkek on Oct. 6.   © Reuters

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A chaotic night of revolt in Kyrgyzstan, in which protestors stormed the president's office and other key government buildings, has plunged the country into an uncertain political future, with no clear picture of who is in charge of the country.

Embattled President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, whose exact whereabouts remain unknown at the time of writing, issued a video address on Tuesday accusing "certain political forces" of staging a coup and trying "to illegally seize state power."

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