October 22, 2007 / 3:26 AM / 12 years ago

Kyrgyz referendum approves constitutional changes

BISHKEK, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Kyrgyz voters backed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s constitutional amendments in a referendum paving the way for a possible snap parliamentary election, the Central Election Commission said on Monday. About 75 percent of voters cast their ballots in favour of the changes which broaden responsibilities of parliament while boosting Bakiyev’s hold on power. About four percent voted against.

The commission said almost 76 percent of people approved separate legislative amendments raising the number of deputies and changing the election process from a single-constituency system to a proportional all-party list. Bakiyev is widely expected to dissolve parliament and call early elections after the referendum.

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