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Kyrgyz President's Chief of Staff Resigns

Medet Sadyrkulov (right) with President Kurmanbek Bakiev

Medet Sadyrkulov (right) with President Kurmanbek Bakiev

BISHKEK -- The head of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's administration has resigned.

Medet Sadyrkulov told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service after resigning on January 8 that he is tired of the job he has held since 2006 and it is time to let younger people join the government.

Bakiev praised Sadyrkulov and said he will be appointed to a new position after a short break.

Omurbek Tekebaev, the leader of the opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) Socialist Party and a leading critic of Bakiev, said that Sadyrkulov;s resignation is part of a power struggle within Bakiev's closest circle.

Sadyrkulov, 55, has also served as ambassador to Iran. He has been accused by opposition members of being responsible for the strengthening of Bakiev's powers as president.