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Kyrgyz Opposition Party In Talks On Joining Ruling Coalition

Ar-Namys leader Feliks Kulov (file photo)
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's opposition Ar-Namys (Dignity) party is negotiating terms for joining the ruling coalition with the leaders of the three ruling parties, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Tursunbai Bakir-uulu, a member of the Ar-Namys parliament faction, told RFE/RL that party leader Feliks Kulov was holding talks with Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev about joining the coalition.

A major condition Kulov put forward for joining is that Atambaev agree to name Kulov prime minister if he steps down from that post to take part in the presidential election scheduled for the fall.

Many analysts expect Atambaev to run for president.

On April 15, 10 of the 25 members of the Ar-Namys parliamentary faction announced they would join the coalition in parliament. The Ar-Namys party condemned the decision as "illegal and senseless."

Respublika, the Social Democratic Party, and Ata-Jurt (Homeland) are the parties in the ruling coalition while Ar-Namys and Ata-Meken (Fatherland) are the two opposition parties represented in parliament.

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