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Members of a local electoral commission empty a ballot box at a polling station after a presidential election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

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BISHKEK (Reuters) - European observers said on Monday there had been "numerous and significant procedural problems" during the vote count in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election on Sunday, but praised the orderly transfer of power in the volatile Central Asian nation.

The vote was competitive and candidates could, in general, campaign freely, although cases of misuse of public resources, pressure on voters and vote-buying remained a concern, the observer mission led by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement.

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber)

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