The current coalition government has maintained a broadly stable political environment, but the situation remains challenging. The key political controversy remains the dispute related to the Kumtor gold mine, says the Staff Report for the fifth review under the Extended Credit Facility, prepared by a staff team of the IMF, following discussions that ended on September 25, 2013 , with the officials of Kyrgyz Republic on economic developments and policies. At end-May, supporters of the then jailed leaders of the opposition faction Ata-Jurt (now released) blocked the access road to the Kumtor gold mine and cut its power supply. Government intervention helped normalize the situation, with road access and power supply restored quickly. The ongoing negotiations with Centerra may lead to renewed political turmoil, IMF says. The government and Centerra signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which stipulated the exchange of 33 percent of the government's share in Centerra for a 50 percent stake in Kumtor . The MOU was submitted to parliament in mid-September, but members of parliament called for another round of negotiations essentially asking for a larger share in the joint venture. The Kyrgyz parliament approved the legislation to close the Manas Transit Center in July 2014 .
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