Roza Otunbayeva: President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011
Roza Otunbayeva became Head of the Interim Government in April 2010, after the Kyrgyz Revolution of 2010 during which President Bakiyev was ousted. In June 2010, she was then sworn in as President of Kyrgyzstan. She became the first female head of state in a country where there are few women in politics. Prior to becoming President she was Chairperson of the UNESCO National Commission (1989-1991), Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA and Canada (1992-1994), Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic (1994-1997), the first Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2002), and the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General as part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Georgia (2002-2004). She is an advocate of free speech and speaks Russia, English, and German in addition to Kyrgyz. Since 2012 she has been the founder and leader of the Roza Otunbyeva Initiative, which works to advance the social, political, and economic development of Kyrgyzstan. She graduated from the Moscow State University in 1972 with a degree in philosophy.
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