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Kyrgyz Party Leader To Discuss Agreement With United Russia

Feliks Kulov

Feliks Kulov

BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz party led by former Prime Minister Feliks Kulov is discussing the signing of a cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling United Russia party, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Emil Aliev, a member of Kulov's Ar-Namys (Dignity) party, told RFE/RL today that Kulov flew to Moscow to meet with United Russia officials about signing such an agreement.

Ar-Namys held its eighth congress in Bishkek on September 18. A delegation from United Russia led by Vladimir Pekhtin took part, as did one from Kazakhstan's pro-presidential Nur-Otan party.

Pekhtin said at the congress that United Russia is very interested in cooperation with Ar-Namys.

Kulov, 62, was prime minister in 2005-06 under President Kurmanbek Bakiev. He had previously been vice president in 1992-93, and also served as interior minister, Chuy province governor, and Bishkek mayor.

Kulov was jailed for corruption under President Askar Akaev in 2001. He was released and cleared of all charges after the 2005 Tulip Revolution that ousted Akaev.

Kyrgyzstan will hold parliamentary elections on October 10.