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Kyrgyzstan Forms New Government

Roza Otunbaeva
Kyrgyzstan's President Roza Otunbaeva has formed a caretaker government that will run the country until parliamentary elections in October.

The unveiling of the new cabinet comes after the resignation of leading ministers from the interim government that ruled the country after President Kurmanbek Bakiev was deposed in the wake of bloody confrontations in early April.

Three deputy prime ministers -- Amangeldy Muraliev, Aleksandr Kostyuk, and Zhantoro Satybaldiev -- are leading the interim cabinet.

Many former members of the interim government have announced their resignations as they prepare to run for parliament.

Otunbaeva had called on prospective candidates to resign, saying it was the only way to ensure the election would be held fairly and on an equal footing for all those taking part.

The president has also called for neutrality within the interim government in the period leading up to the ballot and disallowed interim cabinet members from joining political parties.

Competition for seats in the parliament is expected to be intense, with several new parties appearing in recent weeks.

The legislature's powers were boosted and the authority of the president diluted by a revamped constitution overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum last month.

Otunbaeva said the new constituion has laid the path toward establishing a parliamentary system of government.

compiled from agency reports