Kyrgyzstan swears in caretaker president

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 4, 2010 03:42




Kyrgyzstan's provisional leader Roza Otunbayeva was sworn in as president, ushering in what the turbulent Central Asian nation's government hopes will be a new era of stability and democratic freedoms.

Speaking after her inauguration Saturday, Otunbayeva, 59, hailed what she described as a momentous new era for Kyrgyzstan, which has endured months of political and ethnic violence since former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was deposed in a bloody uprising in April amid widespread anger over falling living standards and rampant corruption.

Over the course of her tenure as caretaker president, which lasts through to the end of 2011, Otunbayeva will oversee the implementation a newly adopted constitution. The new founding law dilutes presidential powers in favor of a European-style parliamentary system and has raised hopes Kyrgyzstan could become former Soviet Central Asia's first true democracy.


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