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(RFE/RL) December 20, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament is in emergency session today to discuss the effects of the December 19 resignation of the government.


Amid questions of how a new government will be appointed under the country's new constitution, adopted last month, deputy speaker of parliament Kubanychbek Isabekov said parliament was prepared to review President Kurmanbek Bakiev's choices for new ministers.


The other deputy speaker of parliament, Erkin Alymbekov, said the government's resignation was part of "political games to destabilize the country" and force early parliamentary elections.


Lawmaker Almambet Matubraimov criticized the government for resigning, saying the burden of approving a new budget and deciding whether Kyrgyzstan should sign on to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program now fell on the parliament.


The HIPC program has faced strong popular resistance in Kyrgyzstan.


(24.kg, AKIpress, Interfax)

Understanding Kyrgyzstan

Workers preparing for celebrations of the constitutional compromise in Bishkek on November 9 (RFE/RL)

A STABLE FOUNDATION? On November 9, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing featuring RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service Director Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and RFE/RL analyst Daniel Kimmage.


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