BISHKEK. The Kyrgyz Government wants a team of experts to reconsider two clauses in its draft of a Constitution version that will be voted on in a referendum. First deputy prime minister, and a newly appointed justice minister, Kurmanbek Osmonov, told the Legislative Assembly (lower chamber) of the Kyrgyz parliament today that the government will order the team to reconsider clauses on the presidential right for absolute vetoing, and on citizens' rights to appeal directly to the Constitutional court. The chief of the experts' team, Cholponkul Arabaev, told RFERL today that it is possible to alter the draft.
Jypar Jekshe, deputy chief of the opposition forces' public headquarters, said it is not enough alter only two clauses. The opposition is demanding to replace the official text of the draft with the previous text of the amendment and changes to the Constitution agreed by the Constitutional Council in a consensus way, Jekshe said.
The referendum is scheduled for February 2.