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Kyrgyz Youth To Hold Forum On New Constitution

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz youth organizations are planning a forum in the southern city of Osh to discuss the country's new draft constitution, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Maksat Joldoshbekov, a member of the nongovernmental organization Youth Congress, told RFE/RL that representatives from most Kyrgyz youth organizations and movements are expected to take part in the gathering on May 11.

A constitutional committee appointed by Kyrgyzstan's interim government is working on the draft constitution, which is expected to transform the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system of government. A referendum on the constitution will be held in June.

The major issues to be discussed by the forum's delegates are the role and participation of youth in Kyrgyzstan's economy, international relations, and democratic governmental and educational institutions.

The establishment of a Youth Ministry in the new government and the participation of youth organizations in outlining and implementing the government's policies are also on the forum's agenda.