In a Monday statement, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tehran welcomes the results of Kyrgyzstan’s presidential votes, and is prepared to further promote its ties with the country.
Former Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov won Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election, according to preliminary official data, as his defeated rival called for unity in the central Asian republic that’s been roiled by political violence in the past.
Jeenbekov, who’s backed by outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev’s Social Democratic party, received 54.3 percent of the about 1.7 million votes cast, making a run-off unnecessary, the central election commission reported Monday.
Businessman Omurbek Babanov, who heads the opposition Respublika party, was second with 33.4 percent.
Turnout was 56 percent of 3 million eligible voters.