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Kyrgyz President Accepts Prime Minister's Resignation

Outgoing Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev (file photo)
Outgoing Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev (file photo)
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has signed a decree confirming the resignation of the government.

Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev -- who has served since September 2012 -- and his government were forced to resign after the withdrawal of the Fatherland (Ata-Meken) party from the ruling coalition on March 18.

Ata-Meken leader Omurbek Tekebaev said Satybaldiev had lost the "moral right" to continue as prime minister after a crime boss was released from prison early last year and fled the country.

Satybaldiev was also blamed for not resolving the problems surrounding the foreign-run Kumtor gold mine, in which the Kyrgyz government is seeking to gain a greater stake.

The dismissed government will remain in office until a new government is formed.

Based on reporting by Interfax, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, and Reuters