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President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file photo) (RFE/RL) BISHKEK, April 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev today confirmed two new government officials and reappointed five ministers, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.


Under the decree, Culture Minister Sultan Rayev; Finance Minister Akylbek Japarov; Labor and Social Development Ministers Uktomkhan Abdullaeva; Education and Science Minister Kanybek Osmonaliev; and Industry, Energy, and Fuel Resources Minister Igor Chudinov will retain their posts.


Sooronbai Jeenbekov was named agriculture, water, and reprocessing industry minister, while Nurlan Akmatov was named head of the State Customs Committee.


Last week, parliament confirmed moderate opposition politician Almaz Atambaev as prime minister in an effort to defuse a standoff with the opposition.


But all government officials that have since been appointed are Bakiev's supporters.


The country's two most powerful opposition blocs have refused to join a new coalition government and demanded constitutional reforms.

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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