BISHKEK. Lawmakers of the Legislative Assembly (lower chamber) of the Kyrgyz Parliament discussed today a draft constitutional law on referendum in the Kyrgyz Republic. Opposition deputies demanded that the text be adopted in full, because it was discussed by the upper chamber, the Assembly of People's Representatives. However, the pro-government majority rejected the proposal and postponed the vote on the draft indefinitely.
Several political parties and NGOs have been demanding an adoption of the law, saying that the forthcoming referendum would otherwise be illegal. The Central Electoral Committee said recently that the existing law on referendum adopted by the Kyrgyz parliament in 1991, is still in force.