Kyrgyz president refuses to accept ministers' resignation

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BISHKEK, March 28 (RIA Novosti) - Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has refused to accept the resignation of seven Cabinet members, a government source said Wednesday.

The president told an emergency Cabinet meeting that the ministers "acted in a rush" and asked them to remain in their posts.

Earlier, Prime Minister Azim Isabekov said he had dismissed seven Cabinet members, including First Deputy Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov, to form a coalition government.

But under the country's Constitution, only the head of state can dismiss a minister.

The source said in addition to Daniyar Usenov, Emergencies Minister Dzhanysh Rustenbekov, Economic Development and Trade Minister Sabyrbek Moldokulov, Health Minister Shailoobek Niyazsov and Minister Tynychbek Tabyldiyev, the government chief-of-staff, had been dismissed.

In late January, parliament approved Isabekov as prime minister, following a standoff between the president and lawmakers.

President Bakiyev nominated Isabekov after MPs twice rejected the candidacy of former premier Felix Kulov, who resigned late last year after mass protests in the impoverished ex-Soviet state that forced through a series of amendments to the Constitution.

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