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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Akayev Election Hopes

BISHKEK () -- Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev has scored a victory in his efforts to lead his country to market democracy.

Provisional results of a weekend referendum showed more than 70 percent of participants had approved two key amendments to the constitution.

The vote clears the way for an election to a new-style parliament, which Akayev hopes will be more accommodating to his liberal reforms.

The referendum means Akayev has succeeded in setting the stage to oust the Soviet-era parliament without violence.

The electoral commission said 86 percent of Kyrgyzstan's 2.2 million voters participated in the referendum.