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Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

A woman votes in a referendum on December 12. Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the prime minister given greater powers, and introduce language defining marriage as being specifically between a man and a woman. (Photo: Anna Lelik)

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the prime minister given greater powers, and introduce language defining marriage as being specifically between a man and a woman.
 
Critics contend that the constitutional reforms will make it easier for incumbent authorities to retain their hold on power, even though a term-limit requirement is preventing President Almazbek Atambayev from running for re-election this fall. Supporters say the constitutional changes will broaden support among rural and traditional communities for the constitutional process. Authorities, meanwhile, insist the amendments will boost the stability of the state.
 

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Anna Lelik is a Bishkek-based reporter.

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

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