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Kyrgyz ppresident drops effort to reinstate prime minister

Kyrgyz ppresident drops effort to reinstate prime minister

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Thursday dropped his effort to reinstate Felix Kulov as prime minister after parliament blocked the move for a second time.
Political infighting has plagued the impoverished former Soviet republic since the March 2005 ouster of longtime ruler Askar Akayev, who was replaced by Bakiyev, a former opposition leader. Bakiyev's rule has been marked by persistent discord over the division of power between the president and prime minister on one side, and lawmakers on the other.
Lawmakers voted 38-25 against Kulov, who resigned in December over disagreements with the parliament over presidential powers. Parliament first rejected Kulov's reinstatement last week.
At a meeting with Kulov and parliament officials after Thursday's vote, Bakiyev said he would name a new candidate for prime minister on Friday, the president's office said.
Bakiyev said that he approved of Kulov's performance, but that pressing economic issues required quick formation of a new Cabinet, according to his office.
Kulov resigned Dec. 19 to protest constitutional changes that were adopted in November after a week of opposition protests. The reforms curtailed the president's powers and gave the parliament more authority.
Kulov said the limits on presidential powers made it impossible for the Cabinet to work with the parliament.
After Kulov's move, Bakiyev threatened to dissolve the parliament and pushed through new amendments that restored his powers.
Top opposition lawmaker Omurbek Tekebayev said that Kulov was unable to muster support because of what he called his lack of independence from Bakiyev.
"Kulov has made a serious mistake by never becoming an independent figure, always adjusting to the president's policies," he said.
Lawmakers have also criticized Kulov's economic performance.
The United States maintains a military base in Kyrgyzstan _ its only such outpost in former Soviet Central Asia _ to back up operations in Afghanistan. Russia, which has strong influence in Kyrgyzstan, also has an air base in the country.


Updated : 2021-05-14 03:18 GMT+08:00