New Kyrgyz Premier introduces crisis management agenda

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BISHKEK, September 1 (RIA Novosti, Yulia Orlova) - The new Kyrgyz government is beginning work in a very difficult period, which demands the introduction of an anti-crisis form of administration in the country, new Kyrgyz Prime Minister Feliks Kulov said Thursday.

Kulov said the social and economic situation in the country was extremely difficult. "Poverty has struck most of the population, political and social reforms are deadlocked, and corruption is spreading like a cancer throughout the entire government."

Kulov highlighted the fight against poverty in Kyrgyzstan as the government's main objective.

He said he intended to increase spending to support the most vulnerable groups of people while reducing government officials' salaries. He also intends to immediately start developing a program to reduce unemployment to and reform taxes.

"On the whole, this means the introduction of an anti-crisis form of administration," he said.

Kulov also intends to reform the structure of the Kyrgyz government. The work of ministries, departments, and heads of local authorities will be judged by results, namely "the creation of new jobs, the increase of budget revenues, and the maintenance of social stability through economic measures."

Kulov also spoke about the necessity of an all-national idea that could unite the country to achieve set goals. He said such an idea could be expressed in through simple patriotic principle: "We are all a single nation despite our nationalities."

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