Kyrgyzstan's president agrees to constitutional reform
( Itar-Tass ) - President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan has agreed to start the procedure of reforming the Kyrgyz Constitution, thus meeting another demand of the opposition.
Speaking at a meeting with members of his administration, Bakiyev assigned to step up the creation of a working group for drafting amendments to the Fundamental Law, a representative of the press service of the Kyrgyz president told Itar-Tass on Monday. Bakiyev believes the list of the political parties, whose representatives will make up the working group, should be specified.
Previously Bakiyev said that representatives of the presidential administration, the government and the parliament would be included in the working group together with representatives of political parties.
At the same time, Bakiyev is of the opinion that amendments to the Constitution should be made strictly in accordance with the legislation and without unnecessary haste.
The reform of the Fundamental Law was one of the key demands of the liberal Kyrgyz opposition from the For Reforms Movement. On the insistence of its leaders, the president appointed a new prosecutor-general and agreed to the creation of a coalition government.
Besides, he appointed Almazbek Atambayev, a representative of the opposition, to the post of prime minister and transformed the state-owned radio and TV broadcasting company into Public TV.
Nevertheless, the For Reforms Movement announced that it was going to take part in massive open-ended protest actions of the radically minded opposition, which is scheduled for April 11.
They are being organised by the United Front "For a happy future of Kyrgyzstan," led by ex-Prime Minister Felix Kulov. Supporters of the United Front will demand the holding of early presidential elections.