Kyrgyzstan's President sacks education and labor ministers

BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev on Friday dismissed the country's education minister, and accepted the resignation of the labor minister.

Minister of Education Kanat Sadykov is accused of bribery, but no reason was given for the resignation of  Aliasbek Alymkulov, Minister of Labor, Migration and Youth Issues.

Sadykov has been tarred by the scandal that has grown up around Kanybek Osmonliev, chairman of parliament's Education, Science, Culture and Sports Committee.

The country's National Security Committee in November disclosed that several letters written by Osmonliev allegedly showed that he had helped 24 students to obtain scholarships at the Boris Yeltsin Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in Bishkek, in exchange for bribes.

While no reason was given for the dismissal of Alymkulov, some observers say that he lost his post in a disagreement with the Ministry of the Interior. 

The president called on the parties to start a probe into corruption allegations, which had undermined the previous administration.

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