Kyrgyzstan votes in historic national election

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.