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Kyrgyzstan: Government Notices It Doesn't Even Have Constitution

How important can a constitution be when you cannot even find the original document?

That is the question that authorities in Kyrgyzstan appear to be asking as a ruse to downplay concerns over planned changes to the basic law.

The constitution in its current form was approved by referendum in June 2010 and ushered in a form of government intended to dilute the power of the presidency and hand more authority to parliament.

But a query by members of parliament about the location of the original copy of the document on October 19 has thrown up a bizarre mystery. 

Justice Minister Jyldyz Mambetalieva responded that her office has a copy of 2010 constitution, but that the original is held by the presidential administration.

That was contradicted by Moldakun Abdyldayev, the presidential administration’s liaison to parliament. 

“We assumed that it was with the Justice Ministry. Now the minister is confirming that there is no original. That raises the question: where is the original?” Abdyldayev told parliament.

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