Kyrgyzstan swears in new President

Almazbek Atambayev was sworn in as head of state in a ceremony in Bishkek, amid tight security across the country.

Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 12:02 PM IST

Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan has inaugurated a new president in the first peaceful transition of power in the former Soviet Central Asian nation.

Almazbek Atambayev was sworn in as head of state in a ceremony on Thursday in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, amid tight security across the country. He claimed 62.5 percent of the vote in October`s presidential election.
Authorities hope Atambayev`s inauguration will usher in an era of stability, which has eluded the country since the April 2010 overthrow of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Kyrgyzstan`s first two presidents were overthrown in public uprisings. Outgoing President Roza Otunbayeva, who wrested power from Bakiyev, earned international plaudits for agreeing to relinquish power.

Bureau Report