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Kyrgyz Government Resigns After Coalition Collapse

Almazbek Atambaev (file photo)
Almazbek Atambaev (file photo)

The Kyrgyz government of Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov has formally resigned following the collapse of its coalition earlier this week.

The office of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev made the announcement on October 26, two days after Atambaev's Social Democratic Party (SDP) announced it was leaving the six-party ruling coalition.

The SDP, which controls the largest faction in parliament, left the coalition because it rejects proposed constitutional reforms on expanded powers for the prime minister and parliament advocated by three other parties.

Civil society activists and opposition groups have also criticized the proposals, accusing Atambaev of seeking to extend his grip on power.

Kyrgyzstan's current constitution was adopted in June 2010 after mass protests toppled then-President Kurmanbek Bakiev. A clause in the 2010 constitution prohibits making amendments to the text before 2020.

Atambaev must now ask a parliamentary party to form a new coalition.

Based on reporting by TASS and Reuters