New Kyrgyz Constitution Approved

Voters in Kyrgyzstan have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution to create a parliamentary democracy, according to results from a referendum held on Sunday. More than 90 per cent voted "yes" in the ballot, with five per cent of the ballots remaining to be counted, Galina Skripkina, spokesperson for the Central Elections Committee, said on Monday. About eight per cent voted against it. Some 2.7 million people were eligible to vote, and turnout was nearly 70 per cent, she said. Election officials said the final tally would be announced later on Monday.