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Record number of candidates in Kyrgyz elections result of democracy - Otunbayeva.

September 01, 2011, 13:04 UTC+3

She pointed out that "there are many qualifications in the way of the registration of candidates

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BISHKEK, September 1 (Itar-Tass) —— The political activity of Kyrgyzstan’s citizens, which is seen in the more than 80 applications for participation in the presidential election, is one of the manifestations of democracy, the caretaker president of that Central Asian republic Roza Otunbayeva said.

"Everybody is smiling at the news and making fun of it. But, apparently, this is the laws of democracy at work. That's how they spill over, demonstrate themselves in this noisy way," she said in an interview with the Interstate TV and Radio Company MIR.

However, she pointed out that "there are many qualifications in the way of the registration of candidates."

"These people (applicants) are to build their election platforms, to collect 30 thousand signatures in their support ... We have a special requirement for the knowledge of the Kyrgyz language. It is often fraught with surprises, this exam, many candidates stumble here. So let's talk after registration,” Otunbayeva said.

Responding to a question regarding her resignation from the post of president of the transitional period, Otunbayeva expressed confidence that the Kyrgyz republic today is "on a constructive path of development."

"My tenure of office was limited from the outset,” she said. “I pledged to stay in office for no more than 18 months and to cede this position to the president-elect. Now I'm leaving."

Otunbayeva has not yet decided what she will be doing after the presidential elections on October 30.

"I am still thinking about it ... There is a great deal to be done in the country. I think about writing a book. Secondly, I believe I shall not stay indifferent to how all the processes will be proceeding. And, of course, I would like to see life get back onto the normal track, so that we can build a free, open, and democratic country," she said.

According to Otunbayeva, she had to lead the country "through the most difficult time in the 20-year-long history of the young state."

"It was the most critical time. I think that we, women of Kyrgyzstan, managed to show that we can be not only ‘the flowers of life’, but also lead the country in the most difficult times," Otunbayeva said.

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