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Friday, May 20, 2011

Kyrgyz interim government approved draft constitution
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On May 20, 2010, the interim government of Kyrgyzstan approved a draft constitution that shifted power from the president to the prime minister. The draft constitution defined Kyrgyzstan as a secular state and limits the president to one six-year term in office. It also increased the number of seats in parliament from 90 to 120. The draft was created by a constitutional committee that was made up mainly of representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and was advised by several international organizations. The draft constitution was later approved in a referendum, as was Roza Otunbayeva as "transition president" until elections in December 2011.

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