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Kyrgyz Prime Minister Accused Of Accepting Horse As Bribe

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Omurbek Babnov has staked his reputation on fighting corruption.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Omurbek Babnov has staked his reputation on fighting corruption.
A party in Kyrgyzstan's ruling coalition has accused Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov of accepting a horse as a bribe in exchange for granting government contracts.

The Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party said on August 13 it would seek a no-confidence motion in parliament against Babanov.

According to the party's leaders, a company that secured a building contract at the country's main airport imported the horse, valued at between $500,000 and $1.5 million, without paying import duties.

Ata-Meken leader Omurbek Tekebaev called for launching a probe against Babanov.

Babanov's office issued a statement saying the prime minister had bought the horse with his own money and that its value was vastly inferior to that suggested by Ata-Meken.

Babanov has staked his reputation on fighting corruption in the country.

Based on reporting by Interfax and AP
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by: KEN from: KG
August 14, 2012 01:11
This is so ridiculous. Is this pretty horse the only bribe Babanov has taken so lately? Isn't there anything more serious guys, our miserable congressmen. Find Babanov's corruption in something more global concerned to large energy projects and we will believe he should resign, but horse is just a horse even it costs USD 1 million.

by: JoelB
August 14, 2012 18:52
Bribery in former soviet backwater country? Gee, what a surprise.....

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