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Dispute Grows Over Akaev's Children As Legislators


http://gdb.rferl.org/088C068A-FAC0-43EF-B82A-DCD0192123D3_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/088C068A-FAC0-43EF-B82A-DCD0192123D3_mw800_mh600.jpg 23 April 2005 -- The speaker of the Kyrgyz parliament today said deposed President Askar Akaev's children Bermet Akaeva and Aydar Akaev should be present in Kyrgzstan so that the election commission can decide if they keep their parliamentary seats.

Speaker Omurbek Tekebaev said: "In political terms, it is awkward for them to come to Kyrgyzstan today. But in terms of law, the executive branch of power, the judiciary and electoral commissions in Kyrgyzstan have to prove whether they received their deputy mandates illegally."

Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission yesterday referred the case of Bermet Akaeva to the office of the prosecutor-general.

The commission had been asked to rule on whether Akaeva's mandate, which she won in disputed parliamentary elections, should be considered valid. Bermet's brother Aydar also won a seat in parliament in the disputed polls.

Akaeva returned to Kyrgyzstan to attend a parliamentary session on 14 April and take a seat in the legislature. But parliamentary speaker Tekebaev later said she had not assumed her duties as a lawmaker because she has not yet taken the oath of office.

Thousands of people who said the parliamentary elections were rigged stormed the presidential palace in Bishkek on 24 March, toppling the Akaev government.

(RFE/RL)
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