Kyrgyzstan inaugurates Central Asia’s first female president

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Career diplomat Roza Otunbayeva was sworn in as conflict-torn Kyrgyzstan’s president on Saturday, making her the first female leader in the history of ex-Soviet Central Asia.

Standing before an audience of more than 1,000 cheering onlookers in a packed Soviet-era concert hall in the capital Bishkek, Otunbayeva solemnly took her oath and promised a new political era for increasingly-unstable Kyrgyzstan.

"As president, I will spare no effort to create a new political culture for the country based on a strict adherence to the rule of law," she told the assembled crowd....

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