Kyrghyz president again recommends Kulov to premiership

Iran Materials 19 January 2007 16:16 (UTC +04:00)

(Itar-Tass) - Kyrghyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev again, for the second time, recommended the parliament on Friday to appoint Felix Kulov to the post of prime minister. Bakiev tabled his first recommendation to appoint Kulov on January 16, but only twenty-three MPs voted for him the day before, though thirty-eight votes were needed to approve the president's recommendation. The second vote on it may be held in the Kyrghyz parliament on January 23.

Today, Kyrghyzstan has an acting government, since all the members of the Kulov-cabinet voluntary resigned on December 19. The president accepted the resignation, but asked the ministers and the prime ministers to go on discharging their functions until a new cabinet was formed, reports Trend.

The Kyrghyz parliament endorsed a new Constitution on December 30, 2006, according to which the president is to submit the candidature of the premier for to the parliament for approval. In case of a positive vote, the heads of state and government are to jointly appoint the ministers. The new constitution also permits the president to dissolve the parliament and to announce pre-term parliamentary elections if the MPs thrice vote down the president's candidate to the post of premier.