KYRGYZSTAN REORGANIZES GOVERNMENT.

Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 66

Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev on April 3 decreed a reorganization of the cabinet of ministers. The measure enlarges the decisionmaking powers of ministries and departments while reducing their number through mergers. Almost two-fifths of the cabinet members are being replaced. The posts of deputy prime ministers are abolished, and only one first deputy prime ministership survives.

National Security Minister Feliks Kulov is shifted to the post of acting mayor of Bishkek. His fellow ethnic Russian Boris Silayev becomes first deputy prime minister. The new security minister is an ethnic Kyrgyz, Mesir Ashirkulov, hitherto a deputy minister to Kulov. The CIS Cooperation Ministry is merged with the Foreign Ministry under Muratbek Imanaliev, who retains that post. The reorganization follows last week’s appointment of Kubanichbek Zhumaliev as prime minister. (Russian agencies, April 3 and 4)

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