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Kyrgyz High Court Says Rally Regulation Illegal

Kyrgyz opposition rallies will no longer need permission in Bishkek.
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Court today ruled that a Bishkek city council regulation on seeking approval to hold mass gatherings is illegal, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The regulation in question is former Bishkek Mayor Daniyar Usenov's proposal in November 2007 that the organizers of any mass gathering in the Kyrgyz capital must apply for a permit at least 10 days before the planned action.

Tolekan Ismailova, who heads the Bishkek-based nongovernmental organization Citizens Against Corruption, had asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of that requirement.

Usenov is currently Kyrgyzstan's prime minister.