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    Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted on Friday to accept the structure of the new coalition government, which vowed to follow through on reforms designed to build parliamentary democracy in the country.

    Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted on Friday to accept the structure of the new coalition government, which vowed to follow through on reforms designed to build parliamentary democracy in the country.

    Social Democratic Party leader Almazbek Atambayev, who told the parliament that his government would and put an end to the period of instability and disorder in the country, was appointed prime minister.

    The coalition government comprises Social Democrats, Ata Zhurt and Respublika, three of the five parties elected to parliament in the October elections.

    Atambayev pledged that first of all he would make an official visit to Moscow, which has "provided the greatest support to the republic."

    The new government will build good-neighborly relations with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and Tajikistan, Atambayev said, adding that cooperation with the European Union, United States and Turkey will also be bolstered.

    The new prime minister added that Kyrgyzstan could take steps to enter the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

    Earlier in the day, Akhtmatbek Keldibekov, leader of Ata Zhurt party, was elected speaker of the Kyrgyz parliament.

    The Kyrgyz leadership believes that all these moves will lead the country into a new legitimate and democratic regime after the former president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was ousted in April of this year in a bloody revolution.

    MOSCOW, December 17 (RIA Novosti)

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