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Kyrgyz president threatens to dissolve Parliament in escalating political crisis

Kyrgyz president threatens to dissolve Parliament in escalating political crisis

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev threatened Saturday to dissolve Parliament in an escalating political crisis in the impoverished ex-Soviet republic.
Bakiyev told lawmakers that he was calling a Security Council meeting later Saturday "to decide the fate of Parliament."
Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian nation of 5 million people, has been gripped by political infighting since the March 2005 ouster of longtime ruler Askar Akayev.
Bakiyev's threat to dissolve Parliament followed his failure earlier in the week to push through constitutional amendments that would expand his powers.
The amendments would have been the second set of changes to the Constitution in as many months. In November, protests forced Bakiyev to sign amendments curtailing his powers.
Parliament has been under pressure to return to Bakiyev the authority to form a Cabinet since Prime Minister Felix Kulov resigned last week, claiming that the November changes made it impossible for the government and Parliament to work together, and calling for new parliamentary elections.
Bakiyev said Saturday that the November amendments "turned out to be rushed and created contradictions."
"We thought that with new expanded powers Parliament would be more efficient, but it is yet to pass next year's budget and a set of new economic laws," he said.
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 : 2021-03-01 16:20 GMT+08:00