Kyrgyz Government Falls As Coalition Partner Withdraws

Kyrgyzstan's Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party has announced its withdrawal from the ruling coalition, which means the government has effectively been dissolved.

Ata-Meken leader Omurbek Tekebaev announced the party's departure from the coalition after a meeting of the parliamentary Ata-Meken faction on March 18.

The party said Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev had lost the moral right to continue in his post after a criminal boss was prematurely released from prison last year and subsequently fled the country.

The party also cited Satybaldiev's inability to resolve the issue of boosting Kyrgyzstan's share in the Kumtor gold-mining project.

Ata-Meken was part of a ruling coalition formed in September 2012 that included the Social Democratic Party and Ar-Namys (Dignity).

Ministers will stay on in their posts until a new government can be formed.

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Gabriel Lansky is an old nemesis of Aliyev, 52, the man who was once the son-in-law of Kazakhstan dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev. Since he moved to Malta in 2010, the family feud has spilled onto the island: Austrian investigators want to question him over a double-murder in Astana, German police are investigating an alleged money laundering operation from Krefeld, and two bodyguards are petitioning the Maltese courts to force the police to investigate him on accusations of torture.
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In a statement on March 12, the office said the criminal probe expanded to include Karimova in the fall of 2013.

The statement linked the probe to "alleged illegal acts taking place in the telecommunications market in Uzbekistan." It said some 660 million euros ($915 million) of suspected Uzbek assets had been seized by Swiss authorities.

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