Friday, December 14, 2007

Bilateral Relations: Kyrgyzstan set to introduce dual citizenship with Russia

Kyrgyzstan is proposing to introduce dual citizenship with Russia. Such a move would permit citizens of either country to apply for dual citizenship, Kyrgyzstan's president said.

In a statement on national television Kurmanbek Bakiyev said, "Kyrgyzstan has already sent a proposal on dual citizenship to Russia."

RIA Novosti reports Kyrgyzstan voted in October in a referendum on a new Constitution intended to strengthen the president's power and end a long-lasting political crisis in the impoverished ex-Soviet state.

Bakiyev said that the dual citizenship proposal was in line with the new Constitution, but warned it would be a long process.