Ousted Kyrgyz President`s supporters capture key buildings
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:59
Moscow: Supporters of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Thursday captured some administrative buildings in south Kyrgyzstan, including in the key city of Jalal-Abad, prompting Russia to appoint a new special envoy to the politically volatile country. President Dmitry Medvedev appointed former Secretary of the National Security Council Vladimir Rushailo his special envoy on Kyrgyzstan as the situation took a dramatic turn in the former soviet central Asian republic.

According to reports reaching here the supporters of deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev have captured the administrative buildings in several regions in the south of the country, including in the key city of Jalal-Abad.

Interfax reported that the Bakiyev supporters have also taken over the key Osh airport near the border with Uzbekistan.

The acting Defence Minister in the interim Kyrgyz government Ismail Isakov has rushed to Osh, where the supporters of deposed president earlier on Thursday captured the regional administration building.

Meanwhile Moscow has urged the interim Kyrgyz government, which came to power last month amid bloody riots in capital Bishkek, must work to avoid further tension and possible violence.

"We believe that the most important thing today is to prevent a new surge in political tension, establish legitimate bodies of state power and return the country to normalcy as soon as possible," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who has taken refuge in Belarus after fleeing the country disowned his resignation and is insisting on his legitimacy.

Earlier this week, Kyrgyz authorities formally requested the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office to extradite Bakiyev.

The Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office has accused top officials and Bakiyev's relatives of involvement in the deaths of more than 80 people shot by security forces during the April unrest.

The prosecutor general has put them on an international wanted list and the interim government has promised rewards of up to USD 100,000 for information leading to their arrest.


First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:59

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