MOSCOW (AP) – Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on Wednesday voted again to nominate a prime minister after the country’s president vetoed the previous decision because of questions over its legitimacy.
The back-and-forth reflected the political crisis that has unfolded in the Central Asian country since a disputed parliamentary election triggered mass protests earlier this month.
The parliament nominated politician Sadyr Zhaparov as the new prime minister after a similar vote on Saturday, which was challenged by some lawmakers. They said the legislators didn’t have a quorum to make the decision. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov refused to sign the decree confirming Zhaparov’s appointment and asked the parliament to hold another vote.
“In order to maintain and strengthen stability in the country, all our decisions need to be legitimate and not be questioned,” Jeenbekov said Tuesday at a meeting with Zhaparov.
The lawmakers on Wednesday also supported Zhaparov’s suggestions for the Cabinet.
Kyrgyzstan, a country of 6.5 million people located on the border with