Kyrgyz opposition criticizes reform plans
Associated Press
2009-10-20 07:27 PM
Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet has resigned as part of a government reform campaign the president says will save money and make the Central Asian nation's leadership more effective.

Opposition leaders in the poor and politically turbulent country dismissed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's reform push as a bid to increase his own power.

Bakiyev announced what he said would be sweeping reforms Tuesday. He said they would start with a reorganization of the presidential administration and other state institutions.

He accepted the Cabinet's resignation and said its ministers would serve in their posts until a new Cabinet is formed.

Prominent opposition leader Azimbek Beknazarov charged that the president's reform plans "are aimed only to strengthen his power."

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