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Social Democrats withdraw from Kyrgyz government coalition day after President is sworn in

Wed 7 Dec 2011 Social Democrats withdraw from Kyrgyz government coalition day after President is sworn in

On Friday December 2nd, just one day after Almazbek Atambaev was inaugurated as the new President of Kyrgyzstan, the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) left the ruling coalition in the national parliament. The SDPK, Ata-Zhurt and Respublika formed an uneasy alliance one year ago, after an earlier coalition also failed. The move comes among accusations of opposition party Ata-Meken that Akhmatbek Keldibekov, house speaker and member of Ata-Zhurt, has abused his powers for personal gains. It is now the task of the President to appoint a new Prime Minister that will lead coalition talks.

On the same day the government fell, the Ata-Meken faction has asked for a vote of no-confidence against house speaker Keldibekov, who is from the troubled southern region of the country, saying that he abused his powers. A special parliamentary commission has been formed to investigate the behaviour of Keldibokov, which will present its results on Monday 12 December. The Ata-Meken faction is pushing for a Friday December 9 vote on the issue, because they believe the constitution requires this day for such a vote. The Ata-Zhurt faction stressed in turn that the regulations do not specify when an extraordinary session on passing a vote of no confidence in the Speaker should be convened.
   
The new President Atambaev will probably not appoint a new prime minister before the issue with the house speaker has been resolved, but he is expected to choose someone from the SDPK, as he has served as chairman for that party for over eleven years. The SDPK has stated they left the coalition because they “failed in the reform of the judicial system, polity and economic issues” without further elaboration, raising suspicions that they deliberately left the coalition in hopes of being able to wield more influence now that their presidential candidate won. This is the second time coalition has failed in the current parliamentary session, and after three failed attempts, the constitution requires new parliamentary elections.

Sources: 24.kg, 24.kg, 24.kg, 24.kg, Washington Post, Image.

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