Kyrgyz and Uzbeks Turn Out to Vote for Stability

If approved, the referendum would allow Roza Otunbayeva to remain as interim president until the end of 2011. (Photo: David Trilling)

Just weeks after Kyrgyzstan's worst violence in the post-Soviet era, voters turned out in larger-than-expected numbers on June 27 to cast ballots in a constitutional referendum. Many voters said they yearned for a return of stability to Kyrgyzstan.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia. David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia news editor.

Kyrgyz and Uzbeks Turn Out to Vote for Stability

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