Justice Minister resigns over spat with President’s office


The Minister of Justice for Kyrgyzstan, Almambet Shykmamatov, has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev. The reason for the resignation appears to be a spat between the Justice Minister and the Chief of Staff of the President’s office which has spilled out into the public domain.

Shykmamatov was quoted by a Kyrgyz newspaper as saying that the Chief of Staff Daniyar Narymbaev’s political intriguing caused the resignation of Prosecutor-General Aida Salyanova on 19th January. Shykmamatov has since stated that his words have been taken out of context or were misunderstood by the reporter and has refused to apologise to Narymbaev.

There has been no word as to whether the Prime Minister will accept the resignation or who might be appointed as a new Justice Minister.

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