Kyrgyz first deputy PM resigns for parliamentary elections

08:22, July 14, 2010      

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Kyrgyz First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev Tuesday tendered his resignation to caretaker President Roza Otunbayeva so as to run in the country's parliamentary elections slated for October.

Atambayev, head of the Social Democratic Party, is the second deputy prime minister of the Kyrgyz interim government to quit this week in order to stand in the upcoming elections.

Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Tekebayev resigned Monday.

As the new constitution was passed in a national referendum last month, the interim government would be dissolved, allowing party leaders to prepare for the parliamentary elections.

Tekebayev, who heads the Ata-Meken party, said earlier that he would step down as the deputy prime minister no matter when the elections would be held.

The three-party interim government headed by Otunbayeva is made of the Ata-Meken, headed by Tekebayev, the Social Democratic Party and the Ak-Shumkar party led by Temir Sariyev.

Source: Xinhua


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