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Otunbayeva inaugurated as Kyrgstan president

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Otunbayeva inaugurated as Kyrgstan president


Rosa Otunbayeva has been sworn in as the new caretaker president of Kyrgystan.

The country’s former ambassador to the UK took interim control in April after riots which led to former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev being ousted.

Her inauguration comes less than a week after a referendum on new constitution aimed at stabilising the Central Asian country.

Election officials say more than 90 percent of votes were in favour, giving Otunbayeva a mandate for power until 2011.

Aid convoys are arriving on Kyrgystan’s southern border with Uzbekistan.

There are tonnes of health and hygiene essentials, as well as vitamin supplements for children.

An estimated 400 thousand people were displaced during inter-ethnic violence in April.

The official death toll stands at 300 but Otunbayeva has said as many as 2000 may have been killed.

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