BISHKEK, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyzstan has appointed Abibilla Kudaiberdiev as new defense minister to replace Ismail Isakov, who resigned for parliamentary elections on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Kudaiberdiev served as first deputy defense minister.
Isakov said he intended to run for a seat in the upcoming parliamentary elections in October and wanted to launch his campaign as a candidate for the Azatteh party (liberation party).
Kyrgyzstan has suffered months of turmoil and bloodshed since the ouster of then President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in early April, which left over 300 people dead and thousands more injured.
Interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva was appointed as caretaker president in May.