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Kyrgyz leader nominates prime minister candidate

Kyrgyz leader nominates prime minister candidate

Kyrgyzstan's President Kurmanbek Bakiyev nominated his agriculture minister for the post prime minister yesterday in a compromise move after parliament had twice rejected his first choice candidate.
Bakiyev "has picked as his candidate Agriculture Minister Azim Isabekov," presidential spokesman Nurlan Shakiyev said.
Shakiyev said the choice of the relatively little known Isabekov, 46, was made after consultation with parliamentary representatives who called for "someone who is not a politician, but an economist, and young."
The nomination indicated that Bakiyev is attempting to lay to rest a three-month political crisis in which legislators have twice rejected his first choice candidate for premier, Felix Kulov, a high-profile, but increasingly divisive figure.
A third no vote in parliament could have triggered dissolution of the legislature and new elections in the strategically located Central Asian country.
Kyrgyzstan, an ex-Soviet republic of 5.2 million people, is struggling to stabilize following a revolution led by Bakiyev and Kulov in 2005 to overthrow longtime leader Askar Akayev.
Kulov is a former senior police officer who was imprisoned on corruption charges under Akayev, but freed during the revolution. He served as prime minister until resigning in December and had hoped to be reappointed.


Updated : 2021-08-02 01:46 GMT+08:00