Kyrgyz prime minister accused of accepting horse as bribe
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||13 August 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyrgyz prime minister accused of accepting horse as bribe, 13 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/502e436223.html [accessed 31 January 2015]|
August 13, 2012
A party in Kyrgyzstan's ruling coalition has accused Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov of accepting a horse as a bribe in exchange for granting government contracts.
The Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party said on August 13 it would seek a no-confidence motion in parliament against Babanov.
According to the party's leaders, a company that secured a building contract at the country's main airport imported the horse, valued at between $500,000 and $1.5 million, without paying import duties.
Ata-Meken leader Omurbek Tekebaev called for launching a probe against Babanov.
Babanov's office issued a statement saying the prime minister had bought the horse with his own money and that its value was vastly inferior to that suggested by Ata-Meken.
Babanov has staked his reputation on fighting corruption in the country.
Based on reporting by Interfax and AP