This file photo taken on December 24, 2015 shows Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev speaking during his end of the year press conference at the Ala Archa state residence in Bishkek. / AFP / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO
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Kyrgyzstan's government resigned Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week, deepening a rift between the pro-Russian leader and his former allies.One member of the ruling coalition, the Ata Meken party, has opposed the reform and party leader Omurbek Tekebayev has become one of its most vocal critics, arguing that the change would give the prime minister too much power.The Social Democrat and Ata Meken coalition also included the Kyrgyzstan and Onuguu-Progress parties -- which supported the constitutional reform -- and the bloc controlled 80 out of 120 seats in parliament.
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