Kyrgyzstan inaugurates Central Asia`s 1st female President

Roza Otunbayeva was inaugurated as president of conflict-wracked Kyrgyzstan.

Updated: Jul 03, 2010, 19:23 PM IST

Bishkek: Roza Otunbayeva was on Saturday inaugurated as president of conflict-wracked Kyrgyzstan, making her the first female leader in the history of ex-Soviet Central Asia.

Otunbayeva, a former ambassador to the United Kingdom who came to power on the wave of bloody street riots in April which ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, took the oath of office at a Soviet-era concert hall in the capital Bishkek.

The inauguration comes just days after the country overwhelmingly approved a new constitution making Kyrgyzstan the region`s first parliamentary democracy, a move Otunbayeva hopes will help bring calm to the restive country.
Bureau Report