Acting PM resigns


Acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov has resigned his position and the resignation has been accepted by President Almazbek Atambayev.

The move comes after an apparent new coalition government has been formed which does not include the former prime minister’s Respublica Party. Although there have been no formal announcements so far, the new coalition would seem to be made up of three of the four parties in the previous coalition government.

The president called on the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) to form a new coalition government last week following the collapse of Babanov’s government on 22nd August. It looks as though they have secured the support of Ar Namys and Ata-Meken, both of whom had left the previous government in protest at the prime minister’s actions. Both parties had complained that Omurbek Babanov, a businessman, had brought his aggressive business methods into politics.

The new coalition government of three parties will have 69 seats in the 120 seat parliament. Respublica will join Ata Zhurt, the largest party in the parliament, into opposition.

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