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Ousted Kyrgyz President`s supporters capture key buildings

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.

PTI



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

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