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Bishkek struggling to form new government

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Kyrgyz leaders are discussing the general principles needed to form a coalition government nearly two months after October elections, a leader said.

Kyrgyzstan had general elections in October, roughly four months after clashes between members of the Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic communities gripped the south of the country.

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Tashpolot Baltabayev, the acting speaker of Parliament, said the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan was called to form a coalition government by interim President Roza Otunbayeva, who took power in an April coup.

The party is led by a former prime minister and is considered close to Otunbayeva. It scored second in the elections behind the Ata-Jurt party.

The Ata-Meken faction announced last week that it created a ruling coalition with the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan and Respublica, though Social Democratic leaders said they failed to get the coalition off the ground.

Omurbek Babanov, Respublica's leader, said he was in talks on formalizing the new government with leading parties, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

The report stressed that Respublica was only in the early stages of negotiations after the earlier efforts failed.

Babanov has about two weeks to form a government or face the possibility of holding another election.

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