Sooronbai Jeenbekov, of the Social Democratic Party (SDPK), looks to have triumphed in momentous Kyrgyzstan presidential election. Preliminary counts show him capturing just over 54 percent with main challenger, Omurbek Babanov, coming in with 34 percent.
Eleven people in total contested the election, but Jeenbekov and Babanov were long considered the frontrunners. Jeenbekov certainly benefited from his affiliation with current Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who made little secret of his preference in the race.
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said on October 15 that the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline which is being built in Turkmenistan is expected to reach the Afghan border in Herat by January,
Representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States will meet in Oman next week to discuss reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, an Afghan official and a Pakistani foreign ministry source said on Wednesday.
But it was not clear if Afghan Taliban representatives would join the talks. Taliban sources said they had not yet received an invitation and plan to skip Monday’s discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on efforts to revive long-stalled negotiations.