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Kulov (far right) greets OSCE special envoy Alojz Peterle (second from right) today
18 July 2005 -- An official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said today that this month's presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has helped stabilize the country.
Alojz Peterle, special envoy for the OSCE, spoke during a visit to Bishkek.
"I see that the [Kyrgyz] government is determined to continue its work and that they are preparing themselves to do what is necessary to be done for the benefit of the country" -- Peterle
He said the security situation was much better now than just after former president Askar Akaev was ousted from power in March.
Peterle said the "political legitimacy" of the leadership was also much stronger after the presidential election.
Peterle was speaking to the press after talks with Feliks Kulov, whom President-elect Kurmanbek Bakiev has said he will appoint as prime minister following his inauguration in August.
The OSCE earlier endorsed Kyrgyzstan's polls as providing "tangible progress" on democracy.
(Reuters)For more on the Kyrgyz election, see RFE/RL's dedicated Kyrgyzstan Votes 2005 webpage.