BISHKEK. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev congratulated Muslims of Kyrgyzstan on their forthcoming festivity, the Id al-Adkha (In Kyrgyz: Kurman Ait), the festival of Sacrifice. According to the presidential press service, Akayev wished harmony and peace to all people of Kyrgyzstan and stressed the coincidence of the festival with the adoption of the new version of the Kyrgyz Constitution on February 2, 2003.
The Kyrgyz Government considers the new version of the Main Law as a breakthrough towards a post-transitional democratic society, while the local opposition criticizes the new amendments to the Constitution as a means to strengthen the semi-authoritarian rule of President.
The first post-Soviet Constitution was adopted on May 5, 1993, after a long nation-wide debate. However, there were several important changes made to the Constitution afterwards.