Kyrgyz parliament approves Zhoomart Otorbayev as PM

Zhoomart OtorbayevBishkek, April 4 - Kyrgyzstan's parliament Thursday approved Zhoomart Otorbayev as the new prime minister of the central Asian republic, Xinhua reported.

The deputies approved the government programme, structure and composition at a plenary session.

The composition and structure of the government remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous one. Only one of the three deputy prime ministers and one of the 15 ministers have been replaced.

Kyrgyz police arrest dozens protesting president's re-election

Kyrgyz police arrest dozens protesting president's re-election Bishkek/Moscow - Police in in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday arrested dozens of people protesting the outcome of last week's presidential elections, media reports said.

The opposition supporters took to the streets to protest alleged widespread fraud in last week's elections that returned President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to office and to call for an annulment of the vote, according to the Interfax news agency.

More than 50 of the estimated 100 demonstrators were arrested.

Kyrgyz president Bakiyev leads vote counting, set for re-election

Kyrgyz president Bakiyev leads vote counting, set for re-electionBishkek, Kyrgyzstan  - Incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev is set to coast toward a second term Friday amid allegations of irregularities in Kyrgyzstan's presidential elections.

The Central Election Commission said in the capital, Bishkek, that Bakiyev, 59, was receiving more than 90 per cent of the votes with about one-third of the ballots from Thursday's election counted.

Presidential elections kick off in Kyrgyzstan

Presidential elections kick off in KyrgyzstanBishkek, Kyrgyzstan  - Voting began Thursday morning in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election amid opposition fears of manipulation in favour of incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who is pitted against five competitors.

Observers said they expected Bakiyev, who was elected four years ago after a popular uprising that forced then-president Askar Akayev to flee the country, to win re-election in the Central Asian republic by a large margin.

The 59-year-old warned the opposition against attempting to destabilize the impoverished nation.

Kyrgyz opposition holds thousands-strong anti-government rally

Kyrgyz opposition holds thousands-strong anti-government rally Moscow/ Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Several thousand people gathered in a nationwide protest Friday of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev ahead of elections in July.

"Our goal is for honest and transparent elections, and as a result to elect a man who will have the trust of his people," opposition leader Temur Sariev told crowds of over 1,000 in Bishkek, news agency Interfax reported.

Up to 58 killed in Kyrgyzstan 6.6-magnitude earthquake

Moscow/Bishkek  - Up to 58 killed in Kyrgyzstan 6.6-magnitude earthquake A 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday killed up to 58 people, reported the US Geological Survey and Interfax news agency.

The quake hit at 15:52 GMT Sunday near the Chinese and Tajik borders, with the epicentre 55 kilometres east-south-east of Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan at a depth of 35 kilometres.

The Civil Ministry said 58 people were killed, according to Interfax news agency. (dpa)

Death toll lowered to 65 in crash of Tehran-bound Kyrgyz airliner

Bishkek, KyrgyzstanBishkek, Kyrgyzstan/Moscow - At least 65 people are believed dead in the crash of an Itek Air Boeing 737 passenger liner shortly after takeoff from Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the Kyrgyz authorities said early Monday.

The ill-fated airliner, bound for Tehran, was completely consumed by fire, according to the Civil Defence Ministry.

Tokon Mamitov, an advisor to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, announced the revised death toll, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.


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