Former lawmaker wins Kyrgyz presidency

In the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov is the projected winner in the presidential election. The poll follows political turmoil over a parliamentary election.

Former President Sooronbai Jeenbekov was forced to resign last October after opposition supporters protested alleged vote-rigging.

The election to choose the new president was held on Sunday with vote counting held the same day.

Preliminary results cited by the Central Election Commission showed that Japarov won more than 79 percent of the vote.

Japarov is 52-years old and was first elected to parliament in 2005 where he served as an adviser to the president.

He was imprisoned in 2017 for actions done in protest of a new administration that was launched.

But he was released amid unrest last October and served as the interim president for about a month.

As president, Japarov will face the challenge of promoting economic reform and reviving the country's sluggish economy.