Kyrgyzstan’s interim president said voters approved a new constitution Sunday that will allow the Central Asian nation to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.
President Roza Otunbayeva called the referendum a success, saying it took place without incident and paves the way for holding parliamentary elections in the fall. The vote came just weeks after rampages killed as many as 2,000 people and forced 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks to temporarily flee.
“We have passed the new constitution for our republic,” she said at a news conference, adding that turnout was high at 65 percent.
“It will not be an interim but a legal and legitimate government,” she added. “We are leaving the word interim behind.”
The Central Election Commission said with just over 10 percent of all precincts counted, over 60 percent voted for the constitution and only 7 percent voted against it.
The vote — supported by the U.N., the U.S. and Russia — is seen as an important step on the road to democracy for the interim government, which came to power after former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in April following deadly street protests. The provisional government, which faces deep internal divisions, needs the vote to legitimize its power ahead of parliamentary elections in October.
The interim government has accused Bakiyev’s followers of instigating the recent attacks to try to stop the referendum, a charge that Bakiyev, now living in Belarus, denies.
Uzbeks have mostly supported the interim government, while Kyrgyz in the south backed Bakiyev, whose regime was seen as corrupt.
The government changed voting rules on Friday so minority Uzbeks who had fled the violence but had no identify documents on them could still vote. Still, some displaced Uzbeks complained about having little access to the vote.
Roza Otunbayeva was born on August 23rd, 1950 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roza_Otunbayeva
8 + 23 +2+0+0+9 = 42 = her personal year (from August 23rd, 2009 to August 22nd, 2010) = Everybody loves Roza.
42 year + 6 (June) = 48 = her personal month (from June 23rd, 2010 to July 22nd, 2010) = Direction. Road map.
48 month + 27 (27th of the month on Sunday June 27th, 2010) = 75 = her personal day = Calm. Calm down. Be patient.