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Top Kyrgyz officials resign

2010-07-13 21:31

Bishkek - Leading members of Kyrgyzstan's interim government have announced their resignations as they prepare to run for seats in parliament.

Acting deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev said on Tuesday he would step down.

Similar announcements were made by other top cabinet officials.

The provisional leadership that has led the country since former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was unseated in a bloody uprising in April is set to give way to a caretaker government of technocratic appointees.

Competition in the parliamentary election - expected in October - is likely to be strong, because a June referendum revised the constitution to increase the body's role in government.

Kyrgyzstan has been struggling to return to normality after being rocked last month by deadly ethnic riots in the south that claimed hundreds of lives.