Ousted Kyrgyz President leaves Kazakhstan
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Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010, 20:07
Moscow: Kyrgystan's ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has left Kazakhstan, where he had taken refuge following a violent uprising in his country, a Kazakh official said on Monday.

Bakiyev, who had fled the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek in the wake of violent protests on April 7, was airlifted to the neighbouring country by Kazakh commando group from his native town of Jalal-Abad and since then was in Almaty with his wife and two younger children.

"According to my information, Bakiyev has left Kazakhstan. I do not know anything about his current whereabouts," Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Askar Abdrakhmanov was quoted as saying by Kazakh news agencies.

Meanwhile, the supporters of the deposed president in the southern region of Jalal-Abad have claimed the reports of Bakiyev's resignation are false.

They said their leader is returning back to the Central Asian country and has already appointed a local governor loyal to him, Kommersant FM radio reported.

Earlier, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka, had invited Bakiyev to Minsk and promised to treat him as the Head of State.

Lukashenka, who has the reputation of 'last dictator of Europe', attacked the peace deal brokered by US President Barack Obama, his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan.

Lukashenka backed the use of force by Bakiyev against protestors, in which 84 people were killed and 1500 injured.

"Any government is worth nothing if it cannot protect itself," Lukashenka was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Meanwhile, the interim government of Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva has announced that the Bakiyev family's assets would be used to compensate the riot victims.

The interim government, which has announced plans to hold referendum on new Kyrgyz constitution in October, is facing the challenge of violent land and property grabbing by rival clans.

In capital Bishkek, the police had to squeeze the violent mob out of the city, when it was grabbing empty lands in the outskirts. Moscow has formally complained about the grabbing of the property of ethnic Russians living or doing business in the former Soviet republic.


First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010, 20:07

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