Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Kyrgyzstan votes for fresh reform

Roza Otunbayeva said the referendum success gave her government legitimacy

Voters have approved a new constitution allowing Kyrgyzstan to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil, the country's interim president has announced.

Roza Otunbayeva says the success of the referendum clears the way for holding parliamentary elections in autumn.

She told reporters that the vote will also the legitimisation of her government, which came to power after the ousting of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

She added that votes had been cast without incident and turnout had been high at 65%.

The vote came just weeks after 2,000 people were killed and 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks were forced to leave the country because of onoing violence.

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