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Askar Akaev (file photo) 11 April 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted today to accept the resignation of ousted President Askar Akaev and set 10 July as the date for presidential elections.

Akaev resigned on 4 April but remained technically in power until the parliament vote.

Akaev fled to Moscow on 24 March when protesters, angered by a flawed parliamentary poll, ransacked his offices and the opposition seized power. (see Photo Gallery: Bishkek, 24 March -- A Day In Pictures)

His resignation is seen as a key step towards restoring stability in the Central Asian state.

(Reuters/AFP/AP)

For more background on the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, see RFE/RL's dedicated website Revolution In Kyrgyzstan
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