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The Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), linked to pro-Moscow President Almazbek Atambayev, topped the voting at Sunday's parliamentary election in the ex-Soviet state, with five other pro-Russian parties also winning seats. Results released by the country's Central Electoral Commission showed the SDPK, founded by Atambayev, topping the hard-fought poll with close to 27 per cent of the vote. The Kyrgyzstan party garnered over 12 per cent while Onuguu-Progress, Bir Bol and Ata-Meken all won less than 10 per cent each but got over the 7 percent threshold after Sunday's vote in the fragile Central Asian state.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's President Bashar Assad said in comments Sunday that the air campaign by Russia against "terrorists" in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed, stressing that the fight against terrorism must precede a political process.