Kyrgyz Government Rejects Oppositionâ€™s Calls to Pass New Constitution
Kyrgyzstanâ€™s government on Tuesday rejected a move by opposition lawmakers to pass a new constitution, calling it an attempt to seize power illegally, The Associated Press reports.
â€œThis is an open intention to seize power in an unconstitutional way,â€ the government said in a statement.
The statement followed five days of anti-government rallies and an extraordinary overnight session of a rump parliament, in which 38 opposition deputies signed a new constitution that would curtail the powers of the president.
The opposition, which had declared the creation of a constituent assembly to draft the new basic law, claimed that the 38 signatures were enough to make the draft law because it was a majority of the 75-seat legislature.
It was the latest opposition challenge to President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Kyrgyzstanâ€™s deepest political crisis since the March 2005 uprising that brought the current leadership to power on pledges of political reform. The opposition says Bakiyev has not delivered on those promises.
â€œThe opposition forces have chosen the way of radical actions. The use of pressure on the government and provoke a political crisis in the country,â€ the government statement said. â€œThe parliament has already been split in two halves, its work paralyzed.â€
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