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Kyrgyzstan’s president signs resignation of prime minister

April 11, 16:45 UTC+3 BISHKEK
Under the decree, the prime minister and his entire cabinet will continue to perform their duties until a new government is formed
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Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev

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BISHKEK, April 11. /TASS/. Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree on resignation of Prime Minister Temir Sariyev, the press service of the Kyrgyz head of state said on Monday.

Under the decree, the prime minister and his entire cabinet will continue to perform their duties until a new government is formed.

Sariyev announced his resignation earlier on Monday at an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet. He said his decision was prompted by "flagrant campaign of lies and intrigues" around the government. "I have neither time nor intention to play such political games," he said. "The country badly needs reforms. We have a lot of work in all spheres. Occupying a responsible position of prime minister I have been trying to work hard and in the interests of the people of Kyrgyzstan. It is up to the nation to decide how successful my efforts were."

Several days ago, Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Transport and Communications Argynbek Malabayev accused Sariyev’s team of lobbying interests of a Chinese company when holding a tender for the construction of the Balykchi-Korumdu motorway. A special parliamentary commission was set up to probe into this case. The commission recommended the parliament to look at voting no-confidence to the prime minister on April 13.

Now, the parliamentary majority coalition of four out of six factions in the country’s Zhogorku Kenesh, or Supreme Council, will nominate a new prime minister and form a new government.

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