Kyrgyzstan PM passes language exam in bid of contending presidential post
Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev, who is running for the country's president, on Friday successfully passed a language exam, Itar-Tass reported.
"I was very nervous before this exam because due to my very busy schedule I had practically no time to get prepared for it," he said after the exam was over.
He also said, along with the Kyrgyz language, he had a good command of the Russian language, both spoken and written. He is notorious among journalists for his keen eye to spelling error while looking though his interviews with media.
Initially, as many as 83 persons announced their intention to run for Kyrgyz president. Before September 25, they have to collect at least 30,000 signatures in their support, pay an election deposit of 100,000 soms (about 2,200 U.S. dollars), pass a language exam, and form an election fund of not more than 50 million soms (1.1 million U.S. dollars). As of now, only 25 persons have complied with these requirements. Earlier in day, another contender, leaders of the Ata Meken (Fatherland) party Omurbeck Tekebayev, withdrew from the race.
It is planned to hold presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan on October 30. Under the Kyrgyz laws, the incumbent president, Roza Otunbayeva, cannot take part in the elections.