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Kyrgyz Parliament Rejects Constitutional Amendments


http://gdb.rferl.org/6b3e770b-a133-499c-997a-45aa879af2d1_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/6b3e770b-a133-499c-997a-45aa879af2d1_mw800_mh600.jpg Kyrgyz parliament (file photo) (RFE/RL) BISHKEK, December 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament today rejected a proposal to amend the constitution that was adopted in early November amid a massive opposition demonstration in Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Among the amendments were articles reinstating the president's right to appoint a prime minister and government.

Opposition lawmaker Omurbek Tekebaev accused President Kurmanbek Bakiev of trying to break the deal he made when the government agreed to adopt a new constitution and restore the system of government in place under former President Askar Akaev.

"President [Bakiev] wants revenge, a restoration of the old system, he wants even more power and [rights] than former President Akaev," Tekebaev said.

The issue of amending the new constitution has divided Kyrgyzstan's parliament. At the start of today's session, deputy speaker of parliament Erkinbek Alymbekov threatened to resign if the amendments were approved.

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Workers preparing for celebrations of the constitutional compromise in Bishkek on November 9 (RFE/RL)

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