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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

President of Kyrgyzstan speaks Kyrgyz.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — It’s official — the president of Kyrgyzstan speaks Kyrgyz.

The Central Electron Commission made the announcement Monday after subjecting President Askar Akayev to a 2 1/2 hour exam to see if he speaks the language well enough to stand in a presidential election on Oct. 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.