(turkishweekly) - Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev today signed into law constitutional amendments that return much of the authority that was taken away from the presidency amid public protests in November.
The amended constitution gives the president the right to appoint cabinet ministers, regional governors, and some other regional officials, and strengthens presidential control over law enforcement bodies, reports Trend.
The amendments reverse changes that had limited the president's authority.
The opposition For Reforms alliance and some human rights groups have strongly opposed the latest changes.
Opponents have accused Bakiev of breaking the deal he endorsed with thousands of opposition backers protesting in the streets -- repeatedly demanding that Bakiev implement long-promised reforms or step down.
When lawmakers approved these newest changes on December 30, parliamentary speaker Marat Sultanov described it as a compromise version of the constitution to promote stability.
Caretaker Prime Minister Feliks Kulov and his government announced their resignations in December, suggesting the move would accelerate the holding of new parliamentary elections, since there is no clear ruling party.