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Newly Appointed Chairwoman Of Kyrgyz Election Commission Resigns

Tolekan Ismailova (file photo)

Tolekan Ismailova (file photo)

The newly appointed chairwoman of Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission has stepped down -- after just one day on the job, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Tolekan Ismailova, a prominent human rights activist and the chairwoman of the nongovernmental organization Citizens Against Corruption, told journalists today that her decision to resign was based on the fact that "many of the Kyrgyz interim government's decrees were adopted without taking Kyrgyz laws into account."

Ismailova was appointed as commission chairwoman on April 22.

She called on the interim government to allow international and domestic experts to evaluate all of the documents that the government has adopted since April 7, when it came to power after antigovernment protesters ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

The interim government has announced plans for a commission whose members would be selected by NGOs, the interim government, and the United Nations.

It has announced plans for a referendum on a new constitution to take place in June and for parliamentary elections to be held in October.

Ismailova's NGO was awarded the prestigious Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood Award in 2009 by the French government.

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