Kyrgyzstan’s president approves new cabinet

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev approved Friday a new Cabinet led by the prime minister, the presidential press office announced.

The country’s parliament on Thursday approved Coomart Otorbaev's Cabinet with a vote of confidence.

In the new government, Erlan Abdyldaev will serve as foreign minister, Olga Lavrova as finance minister, Almambet Sikmamatov as justice minister, Abibila Khudayberdiev as defense minister, Abdulda Suranchiyev as interior minister and Temir Sariyev as economy minister.

Kyrgyzstan’s three-party coalition government collapsed March 19 when a partner withdrew from the government.

The government, which had been formed in September 2012, fell when "Ata Meken" (Fatherland) Party withdrew from the coalition, citing a "loss of trust" in former prime minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev.

A new coalition was formed March 31 between the Social-Democrat Party, Ata Meken Party and Ar-Namis Party.

The former government was the longest-standing one since the violent uprising in April 2010.

The president called on the parties to start a probe into corruption allegations, which undermined Satybaldiyev's administration.

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