Kyrgyzstan holds vote to change constitution
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan has held a referendum on implementing changes to its constitution, including amendments to strengthen the office of prime minister.
With almost 100 percent of ballots counted, 79.6 percent of voters supported the changes and about 15 percent voted against, Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission said Sunday.
Turnout in the Central Asia nation was 42 percent, according to election officials. A 30 percent turnout was required for the vote to stand.
Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of prime minister — something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.
Sunday's vote was initiated by President Almazbek Atambayev. His critics have claimed the move could allow him to shift into the prime minister's seat after his current term as president ends next year but Atambayev denies such intentions.
Ukrainian president falls victim of phone hoax
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan are trying to sort out an incident in which an unidentified person called the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, posing as his Kyrgyz counterpart.
On Wednesday, Petroshenko's office issued a statement about his phone conversation with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev. Within hours, Atambayev's office said that there was no such a call and suggested that Poroshenko fell victim of a hoax.
Kyrgyzstan’s Cabinet resigns amid political turmoil
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.
The Kyrgyz parliament's speaker formally declared that the governing coalition no longer exists following the departure of President Almazbek Atambayev's Social-Democratic Party. The coalition's collapse triggered an immediate resignation of the Cabinet.