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Kyrgyz Opposition Party Denied Reregistration

BISHKEK -- An opposition party in Kyrgyzstan has been denied an attempt to reregister with the Justice Ministry again.

Four months ago, the Ak-Shumkar (White Falcon) party decided to introduce changes to its charter and applied to the Justice Ministry for reregistration. The ministry did not allow the party to reregister until the names and personal data of the party's members were added to the application.

Ak-Shumkar leader Temir Sariev told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that the Justice Ministry's refusal to reregister the party without conditions is politically motivated, and that it contradicts the Kyrgyz Constitution.