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Kyrgyzstan Gets New Constitutional Council

Bishkek, 25 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan replaced its constitutional council today, appointing a new head and members.

The new council comprises 114 members -- 37 parliamentary deputies, 10 representatives from the executive branch, 10 from the judiciary branch, and 57 from political parties and nongovernmental groups.

Long-time opposition figure Omurbek Tekebaev will head the council.

The council will make changes to the constitution before the scheduled 10 July presidential election is held.