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Kyrgyzstan's parliament chamber (file photo) (RFE/RL)
December 22, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament today delayed a decision on changing the country's new constitution, adopted just one month ago, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.
Lawmakers were expected to vote on a bill that would reverse constitutional changes limiting some of the powers of the president. Those changes were adopted by President Kurmanbek Bakiev under popular pressure after a wave of street protests.
The leader of the Kyrgyz nongovernmental organization Interbilim, Asiya Sasykbaeva in an interview with RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service criticized the move. "They shouldn't make changes [to the Kyrgyz Constitution]," she said. "That would restore the authoritarian regime. If it does happen, why did we even adopt a new constitution, why did we carry out the March 24  revolution?"
Earlier this week, Kyrgyzstan's government resigned in a bid to help accelerate reforms and implement the newly adopted constitution in full.
(with material from Reuters)