U.S. Welcomes New Kyrgyz Constitution
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/7B65810B-8FE8-40D4-8899-F05DC4017D07_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Bishkek residents celebrating the new constitution on November 9 (RFE/RL)"> <img alt="Bishkek residents celebrating the new constitution on November 9 (RFE/RL)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/7B65810B-8FE8-40D4-8899-F05DC4017D07_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Bishkek residents celebrating the new constitution on November 9 (RFE/RL)</p></div>November 10, 2006 -- The United States has praised Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's decision to sign a new constitution for his Central Asian country.
State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said the United States welcomes the peaceful, negotiated settlement of the political dispute that led to the constitution's adoption.
The constitution reduces the powers of the Kyrgyz presidency and gives parliament more control over the appointment of a government.
The document indicates Bakiev will remain in office until his five-year term expires in 2010, although it is not clear how his legal powers will be affected.