Upper Chamber Dissolves

by Nathan Hamm on 3/29/2005

Kyrgyzstan’s upper chamber has dissolved itself. From RFE/RL:

Muratbek Mukashev, the upper chamber’s speaker, read a statement signed by 32 lawmakers from the 45-seat chamber, saying it would end its work “for the sake of stability and to avoid conflict situations.”

Ishenbai Kadyrbekov, speaker of the outgoing lower chamber, said before his chamber disbanded yesterday that the decision was being made for the good of the country although many of its members believe the new parliament lost its legitimacy when the Supreme Court ruled recent parliamentary polls were fraudulent.

Captain Ed also says that Kulov has withdrawn as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election. I coulnd’t find a link myself, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.


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