Kyrgyz leader says new constitution is approved

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 27, 2010 19:47

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Kyrgyzstan's interim president said voters approved a new constitution Sunday that will allow the Central Asian nation to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.

President Roza Otunbayeva called the referendum a success, saying it took place without incident and paves the way for holding parliamentary elections in the fall. The vote came just weeks after rampages killed as many as 2,000 people and forced 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks to temporarily flee.

The vote — supported by the UN, the US and Russia — is seen as an important step on the road to democracy for the interim government, which came to power after former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in April following deadly street protests. The provisional government, which faces deep internal divisions, needs the vote to legitimize its power ahead of parliamentary elections in October.


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