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Kyrgyz Court Proposes Constitutional Changes

Bishkek, 2 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The head of Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Court said changes must be made to the country's constitution in order to remedy what she called "flaws and omissions" in the current version.

Cholpon Baekova told journalists in Bishkek that a special constitutional commission should be drawn from all levels of Kyrgyz society to deal with the issue.

"Today we have a unique chance to lay the foundation of a social state system which will be monolithic, stable, and independent from leaders' ambitions, and willprevent the return of a personal, authoritarian regime," she said.

Without the resignation of ousted President Askar Akaev, Kyrgyzstan's interim government has been unable to establish its legitimacy.

The Kyrgyz parliamentary speaker Omurbek Tekebaev said today a delegation of deputies is due to visit Moscow tomorrow to negotiate with Akaev on obtaining his resignation.

Agencies quoted Tekebaev as saying Akaev has verbally agreed to resign without returning to Kyrgyzstan.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service/ITAR-TASS/AP/AFP)

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