Kyrgyzstan lawmakers want new constitution published

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have called for the text of Kyrgyzstan's new constitution, adopted [JURIST report] in November, to made publicly available after an unexplained three-week delay. Kyrgyz laws are usually published soon after they are passed. The new constitution generally reallocates power away from the president towards the parliament by limiting presidential power to dissolve the parliament, giving the legislature the right to form the government, and enlarging the parliament from 75 to 90 seats. Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile], who came to power [JURIST report] during the so-called Tulip Revolution [Wikipedia backgrounder] of 2005, signed the bill after protesters demanded either governmental reform or Bakiyev's resignation.

The protests ceased once Kyrgyz opposition party members and pro-government supporters compromised [JURIST report] on several constitutional provisions. RFE/RL has more.

 

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