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Kyrgyzstan government quits after referendum

Kyrgyzstan government quits after referendum
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The Kyrgyzstan government has resigned following the dissolution of parliament and President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s decision to call a snap election in December. The move is in line with requirements set by a new constitution adopted after a referendum last weekend. It was a ballot that some foreign observers criticised as strengthening the President’s authority in the impoverished Central Asian state.

In the referendum, voters also backed a motion to adopt a proportional all-party list, a move that should help the pro-presidential Ak Zhol party gain a footing in parliament. Kyrgyzstan has been in a volatile state since elections two years ago led to violent protests and the toppling of long-serving President Askar Akayev.