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Kyrgyz Ruling Coalition Collapses

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov, second from right, and members of the government.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has withdrawn from the ruling coalition in Kyrgyzstan's parliament, meaning that the coalition cabinet of Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov will have to resign.

SDP faction leader Isa Omurkulov said on October 24 that the decision to withdraw from the six-party coalition was made at a party meeting earlier the same day "because of irreconcilable political views."

The SDP was headed by President Almazbek Atambaev before his election as president.

Under the Kyrgyz Constitution, the withdrawal of one coalition party automatically means the dissolution of the coalition and the resignation of the government that it formed.

Jeenbekov's government took power in April following the resignation of his predecessor, Temir Sariev.

President Atambaev now has three working days to ask a parliamentary party to form a new coalition.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Reuters