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Kyrgyz president names agriculture minister as new candidate for premier

Kyrgyz president names agriculture minister as new candidate for premier

Kyrgyzstan's president nominated a new candidate for prime minister Friday after lawmakers blocked his efforts to reinstate Felix Kulov as head of the Cabinet in the Central Asian nation.
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev asked lawmakers to approve his nomination of Agriculture Minister Azim Isabekov, the president's office said.
Isabekov is seen as a Bakiyev loyalist and previously was a deputy head of his administration.
Parliament was expected to vote on Isabekov's posting next week, Bakiyev's office said.
On Thursday, lawmakers for a second time rejected Bakiyev's nomination of Kulov, who resigned in December over disagreements with Parliament about the extent of presidential powers in former Soviet republic. Parliament first rejected Kulov's reinstatement last week.
Political infighting has plagued the impoverished nation since the March 2005 ouster of longtime president Askar Akayev, who was replaced by Bakiyev, a former opposition leader.
Like Kulov, Isabekov is from the northern part of Kyrgyzstan, a nation divided by rivalry between north and south.
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 : 2021-01-26 18:13 GMT+08:00