Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev continued on 9 February the turnover in top government personnel he announced on 7 February as part of a thorough going restructuring of the Kyrgyz government, akipress.org reported. Azamat Kangeldiev, formerly head of the national Accounting Office, had been appointed governor of Chui Oblast, replacing Toichubek Kasymov, who has been named to head the presidential administration. So far the restructuring process has consisted of moving top officials from one job to another, causing some Kyrgyz political observers to note that the structure might be new, but the faces are the same. Akaev has also called for an immediate halt to the squandering of budgetary funds on such purchases as expensive foreign cars. He warned senior officials they must stop attending unnecessary seminars and conferences abroad at government expense, according to Interfax on 9 February.
Akipress.org, February 10, 2004