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Dispatches from Manas

No clear mandate from Kyrgz voters

Attitudes about the U.S. supply base at Manas vary among the five political parties that apparently will have to share control of Kyrgyzstan following Sunday’s historic vote. Although the Manas Transit Center was a factor in the campaigns, with some calling for its eviction but others favoring its economic contributions to the impoverished nation, the strategic air field took a backseat to other domestic issues.

Meanwhile, President Obama praised Kyrgz voters for the peaceful election, and expressed hope that an effective coalition government can emerge from the five-way power split.

You can read an Associated Press article about the initial election results here. And, the White House statement on the Kyrgz election results can be found here.


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Fairchild Air Force Base supplies 80 percent of the military aircraft and flight crews operating out of Manas Transit Center, a key hub along one of the primary NATO supply routes into Afghanistan. The small base, located outside the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, is barely 400 miles from the Afghan border.

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Colin Mulvany is a staff photographer for The Spokesman-Review.

David Wasson is a deputy city editor for The Spokesman-Review.

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