Government resigns

The Associated Press

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan The government of Kyrgyzstan resigned Monday after a majority of legislators accused their leaders of "intrigues" and forced a suspension of parliament, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

The resignation will bring the second government overhaul in less than a year in the Central Asian nation of 4 million people, which has one of the best economies among the former Soviet republics.

President Askar Akayev fired the previous Cabinet last December amid allegations that the prime minister and other officials were embezzling gold.

Akayev, elected unopposed in 1991 when Kyrgyzstan was part of the Soviet Union, said a new government would serve until parliamentary elections later this year, ITAR-Tass said. No date was announced.

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