Kyrgyz president sacks ministers without reasons

Kyrgyz President Bakiyev has not named ministers replacements yet.

Kyrgyz president sacks ministers without reasons

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev sacked several senior ministers on Friday.

Bakiyev's press service said he had sacked First Deputy Prime Minister Iskenderbek Aidaraliyev, Agriculture Minister Arstanbek Nogoyev, Education and Science Minister Ishenkul Boljurova and other officials.

It gave no reasons for the reshuffle and said the sacked officials would move on to new jobs. Bakiyev has not named their replacements yet. Kyrgyzstan is struggling with the effects of a global economic crisis and energy shortages.

Kyrgyz political analyst Toktogul Kakchekeyev said Bakiyev could be trying to strengthen his team ahead of the presidential election in 2010 while removing officials who were close to his predecessor, Askar Akayev.

Akayev fled Kyrgyzstan in 2005 after mass riots triggered by a flawed parliamentary election. Bakiyev rallied public support at the time by promising political and economic reforms, but critics accuse him of tightening his grip on power instead.

Bakiyev's Ak Zhol party won most seats in a parliamentary poll in late 2007, but Western observers described it as flawed.

Reuters
Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2009, 11:50
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