Kyrgyz parliament approves wide-reaching reforms

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BISHKEK. October 22. KAZINFORM  The Kyrgyz parliament approved on Thursday massive governmental reforms in the former Soviet republic.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced on Tuesday details of a wide-reaching reorganization of the apparatus of government, giving more power to the presidency.

The Kyrgyz leader criticized the current state apparatus as "cumbersome and incapable of timely responding to crises and swift changes in the situation," and said he would cut the number of ministries, introducing a smaller number of agencies instead.

The overhaul is expected to save the former Soviet state about $11.5 million in budget funds, Bakiyev said.

Igor Chudinov resigned as prime minister after the announcement.

On Wednesday, the pro-presidential Ak Zhol party, which dominates the legislature, voted almost unanimously for Daniyar Usenov, 49, a former presidential chief of staff, as the Central Asian state's new prime minister.

Usenov promised to submit candidates for new cabinet posts for consideration to the president later on Thursday,  Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

See www.en.rian.ru

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