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New Party Established In Kyrgyzstan

Caretaker Prime Minister Feliks Kulov (file photo) (RFE/RL) BISHKEK, January 15, 2007 -- Renegade members of the political party Ar-Namys (Dignity), the power base of Kyrgyzstan's caretaker prime minister, Feliks Kulov, say they have set up a new political party.

Member Janybek Ismailbekov said the new party, called Beren, advocates a parliamentary form of government and supports the dissolution of the present legislature.

He said that Beren, which was officially registered on December 30, has no single leader but is led by several co-chairs.

Kulov and his government resigned on December 19, triggering a new political crisis in Kyrgyzstan. President Kurmanbek Bakiev has not yet nominated a successor to Kulov.


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