October 16, 2017 / 7:39 AM / 2 years ago

Presidential vote runner-up in Kyrgyzstan concedes defeat

Presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov (2nd R), surrounded by his family members, casts a ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyz opposition leader Omurbek Babanov said on Monday he had lost Sunday’s presidential election after preliminary figures showed his main opponent winning outright with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Babanov said he planned no immediate public protests in Kyrgyzstan, although his campaign staff would follow up on all reported violations of electoral rules.

Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber

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