Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future
The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has been parachuted into the prime minister’s seat ahead of a looming presidential election, sparking concerns he could try to influence the outcome of the vote.
Baby-faced loyalist Sapar Isakov, 40, and an overhauled Cabinet received overwhelming approval from parliament on August 25.
Atambayev’s former security council chief, Temir Jumakadyrov, bagged one of the deputy prime minister positions. Tolkun Abdygulov, the former head of the National Bank who made headlines earlier this year by suggesting that legalizing cannabis might be a good way to boost tourism revenues, got another deputy PM slot.
Since Atambayev’s approval is but a formality, Isakov will become the seventh prime minister to take office in as many years.
In the build-up to Isakov’s appearance in parliament, media dwelled on potential opposition from the Respublika/Ata-Jurt faction led by wealthy businessman Omurbek Babanov.
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