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Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev to take office Thu

December 01, 2011, 2:50 UTC+3

Atambayev has stated several times that he is ready to develop full-fledged cooperation with the Russian Federation, especially in economy

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BISHKEK, December 1 (Itar-Tass) —— On Thursday, Almazbek Atambayev, Kyrgyzstan’s president elect, will take office for the term of six years

Atambayev has stated several times that he is ready to develop full-fledged cooperation with the Russian Federation, especially in economy.

“The fact that joint global economic projects with Russia have not made progress, is first of all, we have to confess, the fault of Kyrgyzstan’s side,” he said earlier in an interview with Itar-Tass. “Unfortunately the former authorities simply did not follow their own promises and achieved agreements.”

Now, Kyrgyzstan’s side jointly with Russia prepares “realistic agreements and forms up realistic plans to improve economic partnership,” he said adding that he supports the republic’s participation in all integration processes in the CIS and supports the plans to join the Customs Union.

“The inauguration ceremony will feature many prominent politicians and public figures, and most of them have confirmed their participation,” the presidential administration said.

The list of invited guests includes presidents of Turkey and Georgia, prime ministers of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, parliamentary speakers of Uzbekistan, Belarus, Turkmenistan and China.

Russia will be represented by its head of the presidential administration Sergei Naryshkin, co-chair of the two countries’ cooperation commission, head of Russia’s Customs Service Andrei Belyaninov, by head of department of the presidential staff Sergei Vinokurov, and by Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

International organisations will feature EurAsEC’s Secretary General Tair Mansurov, CIS Chairman of Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev, and CSTO’s Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.

As the capital of the country, Bishkek, is expecting to welcome high-ranking officials and many guests, local police started patrolling the city several days ago already.

“We pay special attention to the venue of the event, to the places where our guests stay and to the roads they will be using,” the Interior Ministry said.

Atambayev, who was supported by over 62 voters in the first round of the presidential election, actually finalises in Kyrgyzstan the process of legitimisation of power, which started a year earlier. On April 7, 2010, several thousand allies of the country’s opposition went to the central square of the capital to demand resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The protesters were shot from the House of Government, and 87 were killed and several hundred people got wounded. Nevertheless, by the evening the marchers got into the presidential palace, and Bakiyev had to run away first to his native village, and then away from the republic. The opposition formed a provisional government and dismissed the previous cabinet and parliament.

Last autumn, the country had parliamentary elections and the new Supreme Council formed a coalition government. However, the country still did not have a president elect. The post was taken by Roza Otumbayeva, who got a status of provisional president, which was given to her following the national referendum in summer of 2010. She ran the country for 20 months. “Peaceful change of power in the country is happening for the first time in its history,” she told the parliament on Wednesday. Kyrgyzstan’s both former leaders – Askar Akayev and Bakiyev – lost their offices after revolutions.

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