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Premier congratulates Kyrgyz PM on new term in office

Updated: Nov 13,2016 8:33 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang on Nov 13 congratulated his Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Zheenbekov on the assumption of a new term in office following approval of the new government by the parliament.

In a congratulatory message sent to Zheenbekov, Premier Li spoke highly of the good momentum in the development of China-Kyrgyzstan ties and the remarkable achievements made in bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Premier Li said China is willing to join hands with Kyrgyzstan to push forward bilateral relations.

The Kyrgyz government was forced to resign after the collapse of the coalition of the parliamentary majority at the end of October. In early November, the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) faction, mandated by President Almazbek Atambayev to form the alliance, created a new coalition and again nominated Zheenbekov for the post of prime minister.

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on Nov 9 approved the new government.

Zheenbekov was appointed the prime minister in April 2016.