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Kyrgyzstan Sets October Parliamentary Elections


Kyrgyzstan's interim government has announced the country will hold parliamentary elections on October 10.

President Roza Otunbayeva signed a decree Tuesday, ordering the interim government to take measures to uphold law and order and provide security ahead of the vote.

Voters overwhelmingly endorsed a new constitution in a June referendum, clearing the way for the October elections. Officials said more than 90 percent of voters backed the measure that gives greater power to the parliament.

The interim government has struggled to maintain stability since former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was deposed in a deadly April uprising. A wave of ethnic clashes in June killed more than 350 people in the country's south.

Interim leader Roza Otunbayeva is set to serve as president until the end of 2011.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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