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Kyrgyz pro-government parties urge president to dissolve parliament

Kyrgyz pro-government parties urge president to dissolve parliament

Kyrgyz pro-government political parties on Tuesday urged President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to dissolve parliament in a deepening political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, the president's office said.
The call came a day after lawmakers narrowly failed to pass changes to the Constitution that would have strengthened Bakiyev's powers amid a power struggle between the president and parliament.
In November, opposition protests forced Bakiyev to sign amendments curtailing his powers. But last week Bakiyev won parliament's agreement to consider new changes that would give him back the authority to appoint the prime minister, other Cabinet members and regional governors. The agreement was struck after the government resigned over disagreements with lawmakers.
Outgoing Prime Minister Felix Kulov claimed the previous amendments had made it impossible for the government and parliament to work together and called for new parliamentary elections.
"The president must show political will and call new parliamentary elections," Emil Aliyev, leader of the Ar-Namys party, told Bakiyev at a meeting Tuesday, according to remarks confirmed by Bakiyev's press office.
"This parliament will not let the president work normally. Our party is ready for its (parliament's) dissolution and new elections," said Communist Party leader Iskhak Masaliyev.
Opposition lawmakers have dismissed the outgoing government's call for new elections as an attempt to get rid of an uncooperative parliament.
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 : 2021-09-21 17:20 GMT+08:00