Winning nearly 80% of the vote, Zhaparov is set to complete his rise from prison to presidency.
But voters also chose to do away with parliamentary rule in Kyrgyzstan.
Nationalist Sadyr Zhaparov has won the presidency of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday as the central Asian nation held its first elections since political unrest in October.
At the same time, voters also elected to do away with a parliamentary system of government, granting more powers to the presidency in the former Soviet state.
Results published by the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) showed Zhaparov with close to 80% of the vote.
His closest competitor, Adakhan Madumarov, was at less than 7% support.
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