Kyrgyzstan votes in historic national election

October 11, 2010 04:00

OSH, Kyrgyzstan  — Voters turned out in force Sunday in Kyrgyzstan to choose a new and empowered parliament that the government hopes will usher in an unprecedented era of democracy.

This former Soviet nation, which hosts a vital US air base near Afghanistan, is set to embrace a parliamentary system of governance in a largely untroubled vote that has won praise from the United States.The vote came after an exhausting year of political turbulence and ethnic violence in the south.

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