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Kyrgyzstan government quits after rift with coalition

President Almazbek Atambayev's (in photo) Socialist Democratic Party is the largest political party in the Kyrgyz Parliament. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Kyrgyzstan Oct 26, 2016, 06.40 AM (IST)

The Kyrgyzstan government resigned on Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's Social Democratic Party quit the majority coalition, a statement released by the president's office said.

The SDP broke ties with its allies after they refused to back the constitutional reforms the party had proposed, Reuters reported. 

The Social Democratic Party is the largest party in the Kyrgyz parliament and had recommended strengthening the prime minister's powers.

The bill calling for a referendum to introduce the reform is set for December 11 and can only become a law after it is passed during the third reading by the parliament.

The opposition Ata-Meken socialist party's leader, Omurbek Tekebayev, is against the reform, arguing that it would give the prime minister unrestrained power.

According to Reuters, if the disagreement between Atambayev and his critics go beyond parliamentary fighting, it can de-stabilise in the landlocked Central Asian nation of six million.

Kyrgyzstan and Onuguu-Progress parties are also a part of the coalition and support the reform.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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