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Bakiev Says Government Must Improve People's Lives

The 14 August inauguration of Kurmanbek Bakiev 23 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev today said the new government must do more to improve the lives of the people.

Bakiev, speaking in Bishkek to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, said local government officials should strive to learn more directly about the day-to-day difficulties which people face.

"In recent years, the Kyrgyz government was existing just for itself. The people were on their own," Bakiev said. "[There was] no connection, no cooperation between the two of them. Even now, many local governors don't know the real life of the people, their problems. They only see what is on the surface. We have to change that situation. We have to turn to our people, be closer to them, to improve their lives."

Bakiev took the oath of office in an inauguration ceremony in Bishkek on 14 August after sweeping the 10 July presidential poll with nearly 89 percent of the vote.

Bakiev had been acting president since a wave of protests ousted the country's first post-Soviet leader, Askar Akaev, in March.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

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