Kyrgyzstan swears in new President

Last Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 12:02

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

First Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 12:02
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