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Compromise choice for Kyrgyz PM
President opts for low-key minister after parliament twice rejected favourite.
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2007 20:53 GMT
Kyrgyzstan's parliament twice rejected Bakiyev's candidate for prime minister [AP]
Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan's president, has nominated his agriculture minister for the post of prime minister in a compromise move after parliament had twice rejected his first choice candidate.
 
Nurlan Shakiyev, the presidential spokesman, said Bakiyev "has picked as his candidate agriculture minister Azim Isabekov".
Shakiyev said the choice of the relatively little known Isabekov, 46, was made after consultation with parliamentary representatives who called for "someone who is not a politician, but an economist, and young".
The nomination indicated that Bakiyev is trying to lay to rest a three-month political crisis in which legislators have twice rejected his first choice candidate for premier, Felix Kulov, a high-profile, but divisive figure.
 
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A third "no" vote in parliament could have triggered dissolution of the legislature and new elections.

Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic of 5.2 million people, has been struggling to stabilise since a revolution led by Bakiyev and Kulov in 2005 to overthrow Askar Akayev, the former leader.

Kulov is a former senior police officer who was imprisoned on corruption charges under Akayev, but freed during the revolution.
 
He served as prime minister until resigning last month and had hoped  to be reappointed.

In an interview with the Agym newspaper on Friday, Kulov said he had been betrayed by his ally.
 
"What can you say about this person who did not keep his word?"
 
He said he was "very tired".
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