Kyrgyz parliament confirms premier nomination in repeat vote

Kyrgyz parliament confirms premier nomination in repeat vote


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.

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“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

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