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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kyrgyz Leader Submits Amendments

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's embattled president on Tuesday submitted constitutional amendments curtailing his power in a move aimed at heading off opposition plans to conduct mass street protests.

There was no immediate comment from the opposition on the move by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

The opposition has called for protests to begin on Wednesday, just over two years since demonstrators drove President Askar Akayev out of office.

Hours before he submitted the constitutional amendments, Bakiyev accused the opposition of plotting a coup and threatened tough action if the demonstrations jeopardize public security.

"A carefully planned strategy to change government through illegal actions -- to stage a coup -- is being carried out," Bakiyev said.