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Kyrgyz Opposition Bloc Rejects Coalition Government Proposal

President Bakiev's (right) and Prime Minister Atambaev's proposals didn't sway For Reform (Courtesy Photo) April 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- One of Kyrgyzstan's two biggest opposition blocs today rejected proposals to join a coalition government.

The proposals were made by President Kurmanbek Bakiev and the new Prime Minister Almaz Atambaev.

In a meeting today, the For Reform movement said it wants constitutional reforms first, giving some presidential powers to the Kyrgyz parliament.

Omurbek Abdyrakmanov, a member of the bloc, told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that the movement is still open to negotiations with the president on political reforms.

Another opposition bloc, the United Front for the Worthy Future of Kyrgyzstan, is preparing several protest actions to force the government to organize early presidential elections and constitutional reforms.

More than 80 members and supporters of the United Front said they will launch a hunger strike on April 5 and mass rallies on April 11.