The former Kyrgyz prime minister will become president after opposition leader Omurbek Babanov conceded defeat after Sunday's poll.
Initial results placed former Kyrgyz premier Sooronbai Jeenbekov ahead in the presidential poll at 55 percent, while his main opponent oil tycoon Omurbek Babanov lagged behind at 34 percent.
The journey from uprisings in 2005 and 2010 to a vote that could secure an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power between two elected presidents has not been easy for the landlocked nation of six million.
Voters in Kyrgyzstan head to polls to choose the next president who will shape the country's policies in Central Asia, a region where conflicting interests are at play 26 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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