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Kyrgyzstan election: Opposition 'seize power' after protests


The opposition in Kyrgyzstan has reportedly seized power after violent protests against what it says was a rigged parliamentary election on Sunday.

Sadyr Japarov was appointed acting prime minister, hours after protesters freed him from jail.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has hinted that he is ready to stand down. 

He told the BBC he was "ready to give the responsibility to strong leaders", but refused to say who he had in mind.

Protesters gathered on Monday in anger over alleged vote-rigging. Some then overran government buildings and stormed parliament.

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