New Prime Minister elected


The Kyrgyz Parliament has elected Zhantoro Satybaldiyev (56) as their new prime minister. The vote was carried by 111 to 2 in the 120 seat Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan.

The new prime minister was considered a neutral candidate and will head up a three party coalition consisting of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), Ar Namys and Ata-Meken.

Zhantoro Satybaldiyev was Minister of Transport and Communications between 1997 and 2000 and Mayor of Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan from 2001 to 2003. The new prime minister was, until his appointment, the Head of the Presidential Administration and a director of several state organisations.

The 24 news agency, a usually very reliable source, reports the new prime minister as saying that “Ministers who will not manage their job well will be fired.” He went on to say that “We should survive the winter. The combined heat and power plants of Osh and Bishkek cities and population are provided with coal at 27 per cent, and with mazut at 47 per cent. If ministers do not meet their obligations, we will say goodbye to them.”

The new prime minister added that it would be necessary to revise the terms for investors who work in mining and make an inventory of the laws relating to environment.

The 24 news agency also reports the new ministerial team that has been submitted to parliament. Because this is the only published list we could find we cannot verify the list at this stage.

Prime Minister – Mr. Zhantoro Satybaldiev,
First vice Prime Minister – Mr. Dzhoomart Otorbaev,
Vice Prime Minister for Economic Affairs – Mr. Taiyrbek Sarpashev (SDPK faction),
Vice Prime Minister for Social Affairs – Ms. Kamila Talieva (Ar-Namys faction),
Chief of the Government Office – Mr. Nurkhanbek Momunaliev,
Minister of Economic Affairs and Antitrust Policy – Mr. Temir Sariev (SDPK faction),
Minister of Interior – Mr. Zarylbek Rysaliev (SDPK faction),
Minister of Health – Ms. Dinara Saginbaeva (SDPK faction),
Minister of Education and Science – Mr. Kanat Sadykov (SDPK faction),
Minister of Youth, Labor and Employment – Mr. Aliyasbek Alymkulov (SDPK faction),
Minister of Transport and Communications – Mr. Kalykbek Sultanov (Ata Meken faction),
Minister of Justice – Mr. Almambek Shykmamatov (Ata Meken faction),
Minister of Social Development – Mr. Kylychbek Sultatonov (Ata Meken faction),
Minister of Energy and Industry – Mr. Avtandil Kalmambetov (Ata Meken faction),
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Mr. Erlan Abyldaev (Ata Meken faction),
Minister of Emergency Situations – Mr. Kubatbek Boronov,
Minister of Finance – Ms. Olga Lavrova (Ar-Namys faction),
Minister of Agriculture and Amelioration – Mr. Chyngyzbek Uzakbaev (Ar-Namys faction),
Minister of Culture and Tourism – Mr. Ibragim Dzhunusov,
Minister of Defence – Mr. Taalabek Omuraliev (SDPK faction),
Chairman of the State National Security Committee – Mr. Shamil Atakhanov (SDPK faction).

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