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Kyrgyz President Says Won't Run For Second Term

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva (file photo)
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva says she does not intend to run in the next presidential election scheduled for later this year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

"We have to demonstrate that we respect the laws we adopted in the national referendum on June 27, 2010, and organize and conduct a peaceful transfer of power," Otunbaeva told residents of Kyrgyzstan's Naryn region.

Otunbaeva was named transitional president following the ouster in April of incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiev after antigovernment demonstrations.

Voters overwhelmingly agreed to allow proved by voters in the June referendum in which a new constitution was also approved.

That shortened presidential term expires at the end of this year, but some elderly citizens proposed last week that it should be prolonged or that she should run for another term.

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