EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Why Medvedev Unexpectedly Criticized Kyrgyz Government Reform Vote

Posted by Info on 29/06/2010

The referendum passed Sunday with 91 percent of voters backing the government’s reform plan.

International observers, led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, praised the polling. Others in the international community have expressed hope that the referendum, to be followed by parliamentary elections in October, would help Kyrgyzstan recover and rebuild after devastating ethnic riots killed around 2,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country’s volatile south earlier this month.

At the G-20 meeting in Toronto, President Dmitry Medvedev poured cold water on the referendum’s goal of changing Kyrgyzstan’s Constitution from a president-dominated system into one in which a popularly-elected parliament holds the big share of power. He also warned that the tiny central Asian country faced the “threat of breaking up” and being overrun by “extremists.”

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