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Kyrgyzstan elections: What you need to know

25 October 2011 Last updated at 09:35 BST

Kyrgyzstan will hold presidential elections on Sunday 30th of October, 18 months after the last elected president was ousted.

The country is still recovering from ethnic violence which killed over 400 people last year.

BBC Kyrgyz's Venera Koichieva explains why elections in Central Asia's poorest country resonate well beyond its borders.