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Kyrgyzstan Approves Construction Of Power Stations --> Bakiev at the parliament session in Bishkek (official site) June 19, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has passed a law on the construction and operation of two hydroelectric power stations, and a law allowing them to be privatized, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who attended the parliament session, called on lawmakers to open the road to private investment in the energy sector.

Kyrgyzstan has said it plans to establish a joint venture with Kazakhstan and Russia to build the Kambar-Ata 1 and 2 hydroelectric power stations, whose construction is estimated to cost $2.5 billion.

(with material from agency reports)

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