The government of Kyrgyzstan has handed in its resignation to the president. Prime Minister Felix Kulov said if it were accepted, reforms curbing the head of state’s powers would be speeded up. The changes would see the president cede to parliament his right to hire and fire the government. The change to the constitution comes after a week-long protest in the former Soviet republic. The current president was elected in a landslide victory in 2005 after a popular revolt ousted his predecessor. But now continued unrest is posing a challenge to Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s authority.