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Kyrgyz defense minister resigns for parliamentary elections

07-21-2010 11:05 BJT

BISHKEK, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyz Acting Defense Minister Ismail Isakov told a press conference here Tuesday he had tendered his resignation to the country's caretaker Roza Otunbayeva.

He said he intended to run for a seat in the upcoming parliamentary elections in October and wanted to launch his campaign as a candidate of the Azatteh party (liberation party). He recommended a deputy minister as his successor.

Isakov is the latest of several top officials from the country's caretaker government to resign so they can prepare for the elections. Others include First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev, Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Tekebayev and Acting Finance Minister Temir Sariyev.

The Central Asian nation has suffered months of turmoil and bloodshed since the ouster of then Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in early April,killing over 300 people and injuring thousands more.

In the referendum held on June 27, 90.5 percent of the voters approved a new constitution, which aimed to change Kyrgyzstan's existing presidential system into a parliamentary system by granting substantial powers to the parliament and restricting the powers of the president.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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