Tensions rise in Kyrgyzstan as the interim government there announces it will hold parliamentary elections on October 10.
The new administration has struggled to impose order since a popular uprising ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April.
The Reuters news agency quoted a senior government official as saying a referendum would be held June 27 on the question of reducing the president’s powers.
The Central Asian nation’s new rulers say they will decide after the October elections if the United States will be allowed to continue leasing an airbase in the north of the country.
Deposed leader Bakiyev is now in exile in Belraus but insists he is still president of Kryrgyzstan, denying claims he has resigned.
The US and European Union have been urging the interim government, led by Roza Otunbayeva, to hold elections and secure a democratic mandate to rule.
Ironically, Otunbayeva was an ally of Bakiyev during the so-called Tulip Revolution that swept the ousted president to power five years ago.