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Another Top Kyrgyz Official Resigns To Run In Elections

Almazbek Atambaev
Almazbek Atambaev
BISHKEK -- Another official in Kyrgyzstan's interim government has announced his resignation in order to take part in upcoming parliamentary elections, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

First Deputy Chairman Almazbek Atambaev sent a letter to interim President Roza Otunbaeva asking her to release him from his post. Atambaev is the head of the Social Democrats.

Deputy Chairmen Omurbek Tekebaev and Temir Sariev filed similar letters on July 12. Tekebaev is the leader of the Fatherland (Ata-Meken) party and Sariev heads the White Falcon (Ak-Shumkar) party.

Sariev told journalists that all candidates in the government should resign to avoid a conflict of interest and to prevent them from abusing their government powers during the campaign.

Otunbaeva has also said she expects the resignations of government members who will be candidates in the elections, which are scheduled for October.

Emil Kaptagaev, founder of the Great Unity Party, was named on July 13 as the chief of the presidential administration.

Meanwhile, Otunbaeva signed a decree the same day on a new structure for the government.

The decree states that Kyrgyzstan's prison system, the border-guard service, the customs office, state registration service, financial markets, the treasury, taxation, and health care will be under the government, headed by the prime minister.

The new structure will come into being after the parliamentary elections. Until then, the presidential administration will function as the head of the government.

Otunbaeva's interim government was formed after the April 7 uprising that ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev.