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Kyrgyz government resigns: official

The government of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan resigned on Tuesday after President Kurmanbek Bakiyev called for sweeping reforms, a government spokesman said.

world Updated: Oct 20, 2009 16:06 IST

The government of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan resigned on Tuesday after President Kurmanbek Bakiyev called for sweeping reforms, a government spokesman said.

"Today the full cabinet submitted its resignation in connection with President Bakiyev's government reform announced on Tuesday," the spokesman, Marat Kadyraliyev, told AFP.

Bakiyev gave a speech earlier on Tuesday calling for a major restructuring of the Kyrgyz government.

Kyrgyzstan, an impoverished former Soviet republic, hosts an air base used by the United States military to supply international operations in Afghanistan, as well as a Russian military base.

In July, Bakiyev won re-election in a vote that Kyrgyz opposition parties and Western election monitors criticised as being marred by widespread fraud.