Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has approved a new coalition government and elected a speaker Dec. 17, laying the groundwork for the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia. The move was welcomed by various world leaders and officials, including European Union Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

    “We now embark on a new track, and whatever difficulties we may face, we should learn lessons of true democracy,” Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbayeva said as quoted by Reuters.

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