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Kyrgyz Parliament narrowly fails to pass changes expanding president's powers

Kyrgyz Parliament narrowly fails to pass changes expanding president's powers

The Kyrgyz Parliament on Monday narrowly failed to pass proposed changes to the Constitution that would have strengthened presidential powers amid continuing political infighting.
The proposed amendments would have been the second set of changes to the Constitution in as many months. In November, protests forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to sign amendments curtailing his powers.
Last week, however, Prime Minister Felix Kulov claimed those changes made it impossible for the government and Parliament to work together, announced his resignation and called for the dissolution of Parliament.
Bakiyev and Parliament then worked out a new set of constitutional amendments that would return to the president the authority to appoint the prime minister and other Cabinet members, as well as regional governors.
Lawmakers voted 46-3 for the amendments Monday, four votes short of the required two-thirds majority in the 75-member legislature necessary to pass the bill.
There was no immediate reaction from Bakiyev's office.
The ex-Soviet republic of 5 million has been gripped by political infighting since the March 2005 ouster of longtime ruler Askar Akayev.
The U.S. maintains a military base in Kyrgyzstan _ the only such outpost in former Soviet Central Asia _ to back up anti-terror operations in Afghanistan. Russia, which has strong influences on Kyrgyzstan, also has an air base in the country.


Updated : 2021-06-15 11:57 GMT+08:00