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Kyrgyzstan prime minister resigns

Azim Isabekov has resigned, a move that under the constitution requires the whole cabinet to quit.
Reuters | By HT Correspondent, Bishkek
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2007 11:58 AM IST

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Azim Isabekov has resigned, his press office said on Thursday, a move that under the constitution requires the whole cabinet to quit.

"He has offered his resignation himself today," a spokesman for Isabekov said.

Cabinet members could not be reached for comment.

The move came a day after Bakiyev, locked in a dispute with the opposition, rescinded a decision to sack top cabinet officials after his most radical critics snubbed an offer to form a coalition government.

Kyrgyzstan, home to US and Russian military air bases, has been volatile since Bakiyev came to power in 2005 after a wave of violent protests ousted his long-serving predecessor.

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