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Kyrgyz Presidential Vote Will Be Held This Year

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz Constitutional Court has decided that the next presidential election must be held before October 25 of this year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Kyrgyz parliament must still decide the exact day of the poll.

The decision is based upon the 2003 constitution, which was in force when President Kurmanbek Bakiev was elected in 2005.

But according to the latest version of the constitution, which was adopted via a national referendum in 2007, the next presidential election should be held in 2010.

Last month, Kyrgyz parliamentarian Asylbek Jeenbekov, representing the opposition Social Democratic party, officialy appealed to the Constitutional Court to rule whether the election should be held this year or in 2010.