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Kyrgyzstan's Otunbayeva handed presidential authority

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Leader of the provisional Kyrgyz government Roza Otunbayeva was given presidential power until elections are held in the country.

Leader of the provisional Kyrgyz government Roza Otunbayeva was given presidential power until elections are held in the country.

The government adopted a decree that delegates power to an interim president until December 31, 2011. The document named interim Premier Otunbayeva as the provisional president, but also envisages a nationwide referendum on the issue as an option.

BISHKEK, May 19 (RIA Novosti)