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BISHKEK, April 22 (Itar-Tass) – President Almazbek Atambayev has signed on Monday a decree relieving two ministers of the government of their posts, ITAR-TASS learnt at the information policy department of the apparatus of the Kyrgyz head of state on Monday.
According to the president’s apparatus, Avtandil Kalmambekov was relieved of the post of minister of energy and industry in connection with his transfer to another job. Minister of Social Development Kylychbek Sultanov also lost his post. He sent in his resignation of his own accord.
During a meeting of the government several days ago, Sultanov sharply criticized Deputy Prime Minister Kamila Taliyeva who is in charge of social issues. Many local experts connect his resignation exactly with this incident.
According to Kyrgyzstan’s legislation, the prime minister appoints members of the government of the republic after the national parliament approves the candidatures. At the same time, the president has the right to dismiss members of the government. The present cabinet of ministers was actually formed of representatives of three political parties which are members of the coalition of the ruling majority at the Supreme Council of the country: social democrats and members of the parties Ar-Namys (Dignity) and Ata-Meken (Fatherland).