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Kyrgyz Premier Resigns

March 24, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister resigned Tuesday, saying his age has begun to affect his work and that ``new forces″ were needed to promote reform, Russian news agencies said.

Apas Dzhumagulov, 63, was expected to be appointed ambassador from this Central Asian nation to an undisclosed country, Interfax news agency reported.

Dzhumagulov has served as prime minister since 1993. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev accepted Dzhumagulov’s resignation.

Akayev is expected to name a new premier Wednesday, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

Kyrgyzstan, a nation of 4 million people, is one of the poorest of the former Soviet republics. It depends mainly on sheep farming and agriculture.

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