June 27, 2010 / 10:35 PM / in 8 years

Medvedev: Kyrgyzstan vote could empower extremists

TORONTO, June 27 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that Kyrgyzstan’s vote to establish a parliamentary democracy could help extremists come to power and eventually lead to the collapse of the state.

“I don’t really understand how a parliamentary republic would look and work in Kyrgyzstan. Will this not help those with extremist views to power? This concerns me,” Medvedev told reporters in Toronto, where he was attending the G20 summit.

Medvedev said Kyrgyzstan’s landmark referendum to establish a parliamentary democracy presented dangers including the potential “collapse of the state” and said the country needed a strong well-organized government to avoid such eventualities. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Peter Galloway)

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