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Kyrgyzstan poised for new constitution

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Kyrgyzstan poised for new constitution


Kyrgyzstan’s president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been considering a compromise constitution aimed at restoring stability. The central Asian state has been rocked by protests against Bakiyev and government in recent days. Opponents accuse him of backtracking on promises of democratic reform he made after coming to power last year.

The draft constitution, agreed by parliamentarians earlier, would significantly cut the powers of the president. He could no longer dissolve parliament, and the right to appoint the prime minister would be transferred to the chamber.

The opposition says the new text is a reasonable compromise that should end the political standoff. In a sign of the rising tension there have been clashes between supporters and opponents of the president in the streets.

Approval of the new constitution would help calm the situation.


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