Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Sadyr Zhaparov on his victory in the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan and expressed hope for further strengthening of ties between the two states.
"Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election as president," Putin said in a telegram to Zhaparov published Monday on the Kremlin website.
Putin noted that relations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan are of the nature of strategic partnership and alliance, and drew attention to the great experience of fruitful cooperation between the two countries in various fields and their constructive cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the CIS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
"I expect that your activities at the head of state will contribute to further building up the whole range of Russian-Kyrgyz relations. This certainly meets the fundamental interests of our friendly people and enhances stability and security in the Central Asian region," Putin said, wishing Zhaparov success, good health and prosperity.
On January 10, early presidential elections and the referendum were held in Kyrgyzstan, where citizens had to choose between the presidential and parliamentary forms of governance. There were 17 candidates running for president. According to the CEC, after processing more than 98% of the polls, Sadyr Zhaparov won with 79.2% of the votes. The front-runner needed more than half of the votes to win in the first round. More than 80% of citizens voted for the presidential form of government.
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Based on materials from TASS