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Kyrgyz Parliament Reappoints Sariev As Prime Minister

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has reappointed Temir Sariev as prime minister and approved his new cabinet.

The moves were made on November 5 after a ruling coalition was formed earlier this week and parties supporting President Almazbek Atambaev secured a majority in last month's general elections.

Sariev has been serving as prime minister since May.

During the parliament session, lawmakers also agreed to transform the Energy Ministry into a holding company that will group together all state-owned energy companies.

And the Defense Ministry was turned into the State Committee for Defense, whose chairman will be appointed by the president.

With reporting by Reuters

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