Ismail Isakov denied the parade -- meant to mark both Army Day and Border Guard Day -- is aimed at disrupting the opposition's plans, saying it was purely "coincidental" that the military parade and the antigovernment rally are to take place on the same site.
Army Day in Kyrgyzstan falls on May 29, while Border Guard Day is generally celebrated on May 28.
Opposition lawmaker and former speaker of parliament Omurbek Tekebaev called the decision to bring military festivities forward "irresponsible."
Up to 10,000 opposition supporters rallied on Alatoo Square on April 29 to demand the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiev and his government.
(AKIpress, Kabar, 24.kg)