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Kyrgyz demonstrators break into authorities headquarters: media

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© Reuters. Rally against the results of a parliamentary election in Bishkek

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ALMATY (Reuters) – People protesting the results of a parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan broke into the government and state security headquarters early Tuesday, local news websites Akipress and 24.kg.

The thousands of protests erupted after two establishment parties, one of which is close to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, swept the vote on Sunday, according to preliminary results.

Police broke up the rally late Monday, but protesters returned hours later to the central square of the capital, Bishkek, and broke into the building that houses both the president and parliament.

The protesters then broke into the headquarters of the State National Security Committee and rescued former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was sentenced to a long prison term this year on corruption charges after a quarrel with his successor, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

Jeenbekov said late Monday that he would meet on Tuesday with the leaders of all parties that had voted in the elections.

The Central Asian country of 6.5 million people, closely linked to Russia, has a history of political volatility. Two of its presidents have been overthrown by revolts in the past 15 years.

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