Kyrgyz lawmakers fail to muster quorum for presidential resignation vote

Kyrgyz lawmakers fail to muster quorum for presidential resignation vote

[JURIST] Members of Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Tuesday fell two short of the 50-person quorum needed to accept the resignation [JURIST report] of exiled President Askar Akayev [official profile]. The failure to vote extended a two-week-old political crisis that saw mass protests topple Akayev's government over disputed parliamentary election results. Many observers thought some stability had been achieved when the old parliament stepped aside for newly elected members and Akayev agreed to resign, but the failure to muster a quorum suggests some turmoil remains. The reason for the small attendance at the session was unclear, but one legislator said a quorum had not been present at the 75-member legislative body in several days. New presidential elections are currently scheduled for June 26. AP has more.