For Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader, it is mission accomplished.
Voters have backed a constitutional change that Roza Otunbayeva believes will put the country on the path to a “true people’s democracy.”
The reform will give parliament greater power. But in a region known for authoritarian regimes, some are sceptical.
“Our government is corrupt,” said student Abdurahman Aripov, 21. “Whatever happens, the results will be okay, just as the government wants.”
The Central Asian nation is still reeling from violence betweeen ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south that left hundreds of people dead. In her home city of Osh, many think the interim leader can make a difference.
“We believe Roza Otunbayeva,” said local resident Gulnara Nasyrova. “She can understand what sort of life we have and she can make it better to live together with people of all nationalities. Everybody should have a good life.”
In near complete results, the electoral commission said some 90 per cent of voters backed the reform.
Under the new charter, Otunbayeva will be acting president until the end of next year.