Profile: Roza Otunbayeva

10:19, July 04, 2010      

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Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva was officially inaugurated at a ceremony on Saturday as the country's president for the transitional period until Dec. 31, 2011.

She will also head the Kyrgyz government before the parliament, following parliamentary elections in October, appoints a new prime minister in line with the recently approved new constitution.

Otunbayeva was born in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh into a prominent family. She graduated from the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University in 1972 and went on to teach at a university.

Otunbayeva began her political career in early 1980s. In late 1980s, she served as head of the USSR delegation to UNESCO in Paris and, later, the Soviet ambassador to Malaysia.

She was foreign minister and deputy prime minister in February to May 1992 before then President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan, now independent, named her ambassador to the United States and Canada.

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