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Former energy minister becomes Kyrgyzstan's prime minister

Former energy minister becomes Kyrgyzstan's prime minister

Former energy and industry minister Igor Chudinov was named Kyrgyzstan's prime minister on Monday.
Chudinov was nominated by the central commission of the Ak Jol party of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, which dominates the parliament. The party's parliament members then approved the nomination and Bakiyev signed a decree naming him premier.
After this month's national elections, 71 of the 90 seats are held by Ak Jol members and the remainder by parties friendly to Bakiyev. Opposition groups contend the voting was unfair, and their complaints have raised the prospect of a new wave of protests in the country.
Kyrgyzstan, which hosts both U.S. and Russian air bases, has been hit with several waves of opposition protests since early 2005. The first wave drove out longtime President Askar Akayev and paved the way for Bakiyev to come to power; subsequent protests have been driven by dissatisfaction over the slow pace of reforms.
Also Monday, Ak Jol member Adakhan Madumarov, a former state secretary, was elected parliament speaker.


Updated : 2021-05-18 23:34 GMT+08:00