On 19 April 2018, 101 MPs out of 120 in the Kyrgyz legislature supported a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Sapar Isakov’s government, which has failed to maintain power for even a year.
This marks the first time in Kyrgyzstan’s history that the government has been removed by a no-confidence vote. The collapse of the Isakov administration had been widely expected, and reflects IHS Markit’s earlier forecast that the government would fall because of the major disagreements between former president Almazbek Atambayev and recently elected President Sooronbay Zheenbekov. Isakov was Atambayev’s protégé and appeared an obvious target given Zheenbekov’s drive to consolidate power by removing his predecessor’s loyalists.
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