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Kyrgyz Parliament again blocks president's bid to reinstate prime minister

Kyrgyz Parliament again blocks president's bid to reinstate prime minister

Kyrgyzstan's Parliament blocked for a second time President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's bid to reinstate Felix Kulov as prime minister on Thursday amid a continuing political crisis in the impoverished former Soviet republic.
Lawmakers voted 38-25 against Kulov, who resigned in December over disagreements with Parliament over presidential powers.
Parliament first rejected Kulov's reinstatement last week.
Political infighting has plagued Kyrgyzstan since the March 2005 ouster of longtime ruler Askar Akayev. The rule of Bakiyev, a former opposition leader who replaced Akayev, has been marked by persistent discord over the division of power between the president and the prime minister on one side and lawmakers on the other.
The United States maintains a military base in Kyrgyzstan _ its only such outpost in former Soviet Central Asia _ to back up anti-terror operations in Afghanistan. Russia, which has strong influence in Kyrgyzstan, also has an air base in the country.


Updated : 2020-12-03 19:37 GMT+08:00