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[08.09.23] Kyrgyz Communists Fail to Force Prime Minister to Resign

The Communist faction in the lower house of the Kyrgyz parliament failed persuade fellow parliamentarians on 5 September to support a motion that would have forced Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev to resign. The Communists also submitted a proposal urging that the statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin be restored to its previous location on Bishkek's main square. The removal of the statue sparked a debate that occupied the lower house for much of the last week. Tanaev has been the particular target of the wrath of Kyrgyzstan's two Communist parties because he ordered the statue's removal to make way for a statue symbolizing Kyrgyzstan's independence. State Secretary Osmonakun Ibraimov told parliamentarians that a special fund has been set up for the construction of a monument of which the Lenin statue will be a part, and that a number of Turkish firms operating in Kyrgyzstan have contributed to it.
akipress.org, September 08, 2003

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