Parties agree on Kyrgyz government coalition

Three parties in Kyrgyzstan's fractious parliament have agreed to form a ruling coalition, ending weeks of political uncertainty in this troubled country.

Social Democrat Party leader Almazbek Atambyev said Tuesday that the leaders of two other parties have agreed on the posts they would take in the government. Atambyev says he is set to become prime minister.

One of those other parties, known as Ata-Meken, was allied with Atambayev's party in the anti-government movement that spearheaded the overthrow of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in violent street protests in April.

The apparent concensus is a decisive turning point as parliament prepares to take on powers stripped from the presidency under the terms of a referendum overwhelmingly approved in June.