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.