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Kyrgyz Leader Accepts Top Official's Resignation

Ismail Isakov (file photo)
BISHKEK (Reuters) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has accepted the resignation of a senior government official after the man accused him of authoritarian rule.

Ismail Isakov, in charge of the government's security policy, was a staunch ally of Bakiev, but the Security Council secretary quit last week saying the president had failed to tackle a growing economic crisis and corruption in the Central Asian state.

"Concerning his disagreement with foreign and domestic policy, reality has shown the fruits borne of these policies," Bakiev's press service quoted him as saying.

"There is no need for comments from anyone," it added.

Isakov was one of Bakiev's key supporters during the 2005 mass riots which toppled former President Askar Akaev and brought Bakiev to power.

A number of other allies have since turned against Bakiev, accusing him of backtracking on promises of democracy and failing to make economic reforms in the impoverished former Soviet republic.

Kyrgyzstan, which hosts U.S. and Russian military airbases, will face a tough winter as its reservoirs don't have enough water to power hydroelectric plants -- its key electricity source.

The government has introduced electricity rationing to save enough power for the winter.

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