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Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Coalition Collapses in Constitution Row

The government in Kyrgyzstan has collapsed after weeks of sniping between coalition members over contentious constitutional reform plans.

The Social Democratic Party (SDPK) declared in a statement on October 24 that it is leaving the four-party coalition.

Objections to amending the 2010 constitution had been voiced most strongly by the left-leaning Ata-Meken party, which all the while resisted pressure for it to initiate the breakup of the ruling coalition.

In an illustration of the seriousness of its disagreement with Ata-Meken, SPDK accused the party of being in cahoots with the deposed leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev and Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

“We cannot be in one coalition with those that, as it turns out, share common interests with the Akayevs and Bakiyevs, and who follow their instructions. With those who oppose the interests of the country. It became especially obvious during the constitutional reform,” the party claimed in official statement.

There is no immediate evidence that Ata-Meken have engaged in any dialogue with either of the country’s former leaders.

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