Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, propelled to power by a popular revolt in 2005, approved legislative changes on Wednesday that make it more difficult for activists to hold public rallies.
Bakiyev was elected in 2005 after mass riots, triggered by a flawed parliamentary poll, toppled his predecessor, Askar Akayev. He has tightened his grip on power in the impoverished Central Asian state over the past year.
On Wednesday he signed amendments that ban rallies next to "strategic facilities" including all government buildings.
The changes also restrict the times during which activists may hold rallies and require them to receive government approval in advance.
The opposition in Kyrgyzstan has criticised the amendments as a restriction to their right to hold peaceful protests. Europe's main election watchdog, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has said the amendments were too restrictive.
The government has said it would introduce temporary power cuts throughout the mountainous country to ration energy use.
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