New constitution approved: Kyrgyz interim leader

08:27, June 28, 2010      

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Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva on Sunday claimed that her country had a new constitution after the day's referendum.

The new constitution, to slash the powers of the president, establishes a parliamentary democracy in the country and its adoption was crucial for legitimizing the interim authorities, which took power after the April riots that had ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

"This is a historic day. We have adopted a new constitution," Otunbayeva told a press conference in the capital city.

More than 65 percent of the Kyrgyz people participated in Sunday's referendum, according to the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission.

But the final result of the referendum will not be known until Monday.

"With the adoption of the new constitution, in Kyrgyzstan comes a transition period president. I am receiving the powers of a transition period president and I will also lead the government," Otunbayeva said.

"Kyrgyzstan now has legitimate authorities, and this is no longer an interim government, but a legitimate government," she added.

Otunbayeva said a new parliamentary election will be held soon and all legitimate branches of government will be fully formed this autumn.

Sunday's referendum was held just weeks after clashes broke out and allegedly claimed the lives of hundreds.

"We will show the world that Kyrgyzstan is united," Otunbayeva said earlier as she cast her vote in Osh where clashes were the most serious.

The authorities temporarily lifted a curfew in the south on Sunday -- imposed in the wake of the violence -- so that the referendum vote could go ahead. It will be reimposed after the vote and run from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., Otunbayeva said.

The leader also announced that her government would support the arrival of an OSCE police contingent to help maintain stability in the south of her country.

"The issue of the arrival of a police contingent of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) is currently being studied. The government views this favorably," Otunbayeva told the news conference.

Source: Xinhua


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