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6.28.2010

and Kyrgyz Republic passes the Constitution

Vote-counting is well under way in Kyrgyzstan. With 90% of precints counted, news reports indicate over 90% support for the new Constitution. No doubt this will be seen as a vote of confidence in the interim Otunbayeva government. Russia's President Medvedev expressed skepticism about the ability of the parliamentary system to resolve Krgyzstan's difficulties, including the ethnic cleansing of the Uzbeks in the south. I suppose the conventional wisdom would likely go the other way, emphasizing the ability of a parliamentary model to provide some representation for the minority group, though as with many such claims, much depends in the end on the party system.

--TG

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