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Kyrgyz Religious Board Elects New Mufti

Former Kyrgyz mufti Murataaly-Hajji Juman-Uulu stepped down in April.
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz Muslims have elected Ruslanbek Jumagulov as their new official leader, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Duishon-Hajji Abdyldaev, a member of the Interim Committee of Kyrgyzstan's Muslims, told journalists in Bishkek that Jumagulov was elected mufti by Muslim clerics on June 10. Jumagulov has been working as a kadi, or Islamic judge, in Kyrgyzstan's northern Chui region.

Former Kyrgyz mufti Murataaly-Hajji Juman-Uulu stepped down after the ouster of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev in early April. Abdushukur Narmatov, who was elected to succeed Juman-Uulu, resigned soon afterwards.

Suyun-Hajji Kuluev, who was named as a temporary successor to Narmatov, was severely beaten by unknown assailants during a religious gathering on June 6. The press service of the Muftiat, the country's highest religious authority, told RFE/RL that the attackers shouted that Kuluev must resign.