Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Voting has begun in Kyrgyzstan in a referendum on a draft constitution that gives President Sadir Caparov sweeping powers and is expected to radically change the administration.
Caparov was released from prison on 5 October 2020 by parties who refused to accept the election results and became Prime Minister.
After the January 2021 elections, he was elected President with a record number of votes.
The referendum envisions 3.6 million voters in 7 regions, 2 metropolitan areas, and 26 cities in a country of about 6.5 million people.
Caparov, who voted with his wife and urged the public to go to the polls, said, "There have been many changes to the constitution in the country over the past 30 years. And each time we copied the constitutions of other countries. For the first time, we drafted the Constitution ourselves with the participation of limps, lawyers, academics, doctors, and scientists."