Omurbek Babanov elected Kyrgyz prime minister

Updated: 2011-12-24 01:08:00


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BISHKEK, December 23 (Xinhua) -- The Kyrgyz parliament elected Omurbek Babanov as the country's new prime minister on Friday.

Babanov, founder of the Respublika party, won 113 votes out of the total 120 at an extraordinary meeting of the parliament.

His candidacy was recommended by the ruling coalition last week, which groups the Social Democratic party, the Respublika (Republic) party, the Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party and the Ar-Namys (Dignity) party. The coalition has 91 members in the parliament.

The parliament also approved the formation of the government, which consists of 15 ministries and one committee.

Babanov, 41, served as the first vice prime minister of Kyrgyzstan in the transitional period after the ouster of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010.

The Kyrgyz prime minister has full executive power and -- by constitution -- is consulted in foreign policy matters by the president.