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Kyrgyz MPs Explain Themselves Over a Prayer Room in Parliament

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan, Citizen Media, Politics, Religion

The recent opening [1] of an Islamic prayer room in the Kyrgyz parliament has triggered a heated online debate about the boundaries between the state and religion in the Central Asian country. Responding to criticisms, MPs designed and circulated among journalists and bloggers a six-page document suggesting that prayer houses in parliament or government buildings were common across countries.

Kloop.kg provides [2] [tj] the full text of the document, claiming that it is the “first time” that the country's parliamentarians make such an effort to explain themselves publicly.