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Kyrgyzstan inaugurates Central Asia`s 1st female President

Last Updated: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 19:23

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

First Published: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 19:23
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