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Otunbaeva Applies To Run For Kyrgyz Parliamentary Seat

Rosa Otunbaeva (file photo) 17 October 2005 -- A former acting foreign minister of Kyrgyzstan who failed to win parliamentary backing in that post, Roza Otunbaeva, has applied to compete in a by-election to fill two vacant parliamentary slots.

Kyrgyz electoral officials made the announcement today.

The 27 November vote is being held to fill two seats in parliament left open after elections earlier this year.

Otunbaeva ran the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry after opposition forces came to power following the country's so-called Tulip Revolution, but she recently failed to receive parliamentary approval for her post.

Former Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev and former Prosecutor-General Azimbek Beknazarov have also applied to be candidates in the November voting.