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Kyrgyzstan faces 'hard winter' as Japarov marks 1 year at helm

President's power grows while analysts warn on freedom and living costs

Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Japarov has steadily strengthened the power of his office over the past year.   © Reuters

TASHKENT -- Kyrgyzstan on Friday caps a tumultuous 12 months since President Sadyr Japarov took the reins of power, and the convulsions that have strained the country's social and political fabric show no sign of abating.

In a move widely seen as another step to consolidate his power, Japarov on Wednesday appointed a new cabinet of ministers led by a prime minister-like chairman. Legislative changes signed into law the previous day placed the president at the top of the executive branch.

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