Kyrgyz “Maydan,” the Sequel (Part 11): The Ping-Pong of Kyrgyzstan’s Political Crisis…Will President Bakiyev Sign the New Constitution?
Protesters relaxing in the evening (courtesy of Theodore Kaye)
Daytime…tense…nighttime…optimistic. That seems to the story of the last several days in Bishkek as the resolution of the ongoing political struggle over the constitution in the country has see-sawed back and forth between hope for compromise and conflicts between mobs of protesters. The latest news is that the parliament has prepared a version of the constitution that it is sending to the president in the morning for signature. The opposition protesters are declaring the move a victory, and reports suggest that fireworks are going off in Alatoo square in honor of the event. The president, of course, has still not signed the document….it is not over until Bakiyev sings.
NOTE: A copy of what seems to be the proposed new version of the constitution is in Russian as a comment to this post. Click HERE for best reading. I received it second-hand via email from a reliable source, but I cannot confirm its authenticity.