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Kyrgyz President Names Kulov Acting Prime Minister

Feliks Kulov (file photo) 15 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Newly sworn-in Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev today appointed his political ally Feliks Kulov as acting prime minister.

Kulov's candidacy will now be sent to parliament for consideration.

Bakiev -- who was inaugurated on 14 August -- had promised during his election campaign to make Kulov his prime minister immediately upon election.

Kulov, a former top law enforcement official and mayor of Bishkek, was jailed on corruption charges during the last years of the administration of former President Askar Akaev. Kulov always denied any guilt, calling the charges political.

The Kyrgyz Supreme Court cleared him of all charges after Akaev's ouster this spring.


For RFE/RL's full coverage of Kyrgyzstan's presidential election, see "Kyrgyzstan Votes 2005"