Kyrgyz interim leader vows to make peaceful transition a tradition
Kyrgyz Interim President Roza Otunbayeva said Monday she is trying to establish a tradition of peaceful power transition in the country, Xinhua reported.
"We are going to have a presidential election in October, and we want to establish a tradition of peaceful and legitimate power handover in Kyrgyzstan," she told visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, according to Otunbayeva's press office.
The interim leader said the country is making preparations for the election, in particular the passage of new election laws and the formation of a new central election commission.
The Central Asian country is scheduled to elect a new president on Oct. 30 to replace Otunbayeva, who took over after former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in a unrest in April 2010.