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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kyrgyz Constitution Reinstated

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Court on Friday overturned changes made to the constitution last year, handing back powers to President Kurmanbek Bakiyev that he had agreed to cede.

The court was asked by two opposition lawmakers to rule on the legality of two sets of changes to the constitution adopted by the parliament in November and December. The changes were made in the aftermath of street protests against Bakiyev's turbulent rule of the impoverished state.

"The Constitutional Court ... cancels the laws revising the text of the constitution of Nov. 9 and Dec. 30, 2006. The decision is final and not subject to appeal," said the court's chairwoman, Cholpon Bayekova.

The ruling means that a 2003 constitution comes back into effect, under which Bakiyev has the power to dissolve the parliament, appoint the government and most senior posts, including all judges.