Autumn 2000 (8.3)
6, 2000, Reuters reported from Bishkek on a situation about the
Kyrgyz language that is relevant to current legislature under
discussion in Azerbaijan's Parliament regarding Azeris who run
for high office who in the future will have to prove that they,
too, are fluent in Azeri. We include the Kyrgyz incident below:
"It's official - the president of Kyrgyzstan speaks Kyrgyz.
The Central Electoral Commission made the announcement after
subjecting President Askar Akayev to a 2-1/2-hour exam to see
if he speaks the language well enough to run in a presidential
election on October 29, as required by the constitution.
He passed after reading an excerpt from a novel and taking a
written paper on the development of the
Kyrgyz state since 1917 - but not without a few punctuation and
spelling mistakes, the commission said. Following the break up
of the Soviet Union in 1991 into 15 independent states, many
top officials in several new republics speak only Russian and
are unable to converse in the official languages of the countries
in which they now live."
(8.3) Autumn 2000.
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