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Kyrgyzstan’s Government Resigns

December 23, 1998

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) _ Kyrgyzstan’s entire government resigned today after President Askar Akayev accused the cabinet of incompetence and failing to develop the country’s anemic economy, news reports said.

``It is impossible to work with such a cabinet,″ Akayev was quoted as saying by the presidential press service.

He said the small Central Asian nation should enter the new year with ``a new, more capable government.″

Presidential spokesman Kanybek Imanaliyev said ``the government of Kyrgyzstan has failed to reach a clear understanding of its tasks in the struggle against the economic crisis,″ the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Prime Minister Kubanychbek Zhumaliyev and all the government ministers resigned, and Akayev was expected to issue a decree formally dismissing the government, Russian news agencies reported.

Akayev and the Security Council criticized the cabinet for poor economic performance, the reports said. According to government figures, the economy has grown 1.7 percent this year, which would make Kyrgyzstan one of the few former Soviet republics that hasn’t seen an economic contraction this year.

However, the country suffers from high inflation, a trade deficit and a weakening currency.

Akayev has been president of Kyrgyzstan since it gained independence in the 1991 Soviet breakup. The mountainous, agricultural nation has seen minimal economic development since then.

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