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Kyrgyzstan inaugurates new president Sooronbai Jeenbekov

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan's new president Sooronbai Jeenbekov was inaugurated on Friday in a ceremony marking the first peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in the Central Asian country. Jeenbekov, 59, a close ally of outgoing Almazbek Atambayev, swore to protect the "unity of the country" as he accepted the national flag and donned a breastplate signifying the presidency. The boom of artillery fire marking the power transfer was audible across Bishkek, the capital of the majority-Muslim country of six million.…

Kyrgyzstan forms new government amid constitution row

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan formed a new government on Thursday following the collapse of the ruling coalition last week amid a row over a controversial constitutional referendum next month. The previous government unravelled last week after President Almazbek Atambayev's Social Democratic Party quit the ruling coalition. Atambayev faces fierce criticism over the December 11 vote to reform the constitution, with opponents accusing him of trying to extend his control over the country. His single six-year term in office ends…