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Kyrgyz Prime Minister Kulov (file photo) (RFE/RL)
June 5, 2006 -- Kyrgyz Prime Minister Feliks Kulov is proposing a series of constitutional changes that he says are aimed at balancing the prerogatives of the president and the legislature.
Kulov sent his proposals today to a commission charged with preparing three constitutional drafts that President Kurmanbek Bakiev wants to submit to a national referendum later this year.
In a letter attached to the proposals, Kulov says he favors amending the current constitution rather than replacing it.
Under Kulov's proposed changes, the president would remain in charge of the so-called power ministries (defense, security, and interior affairs). However, he would no longer be able to participate in the daily activities of the government.
Kulov is also suggesting that parliament be granted the right to appoint the prime minister.
Finally, he is proposing that Russian be made Kyrgyzstan's second official language.