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Kyrgyz government disbanded

  |   Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The central administration in Kyrgyzstan announced Friday the president signed a decree dismantling the government after the breakup of a ruling coalition.

Ar-Namys and Ata-Meken, two parties in the ruling parliamentary coalition, left the bloc this week, leaving the ruling coalition short of the majority needed to lead the 120-member Parliament.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree Friday dismantling the government, reports Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Kyrgyz law stipulates the prime minister must resign and a new government must be formed if the ruling majority collapses.

A spokesman for the prime minister's office this week said early calls by members of the coalition for a new government were out of step with national laws in the former Soviet republic.

A 2010 coup toppled the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Atambayev, a former prime minister, secured the presidency by winning 63 percent of the vote in a subsequent election.

Hundreds of ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyzs were killed in ethnic violence after the coup. Human rights group say Bishkek has substantial work ahead to repair national divisions.

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