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Ousted Kyrgyz Leader Denounces 'Worsening' Situation


http://gdb.rferl.org/965444eb-ab00-498c-93e8-a9823ada451e_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/965444eb-ab00-498c-93e8-a9823ada451e_mw800_mh600.jpg Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev (file photo) (official site) PRAGUE, March 10, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev has denounced what he calls the worsening economic and political situation in Kyrgyzstan since he was ousted last year.


In an article published on a pro-Akaev Kyrgyz website, Akaev says there has been a "clear regression" in several areas of society.


He says the country's present leaders have worsened economic conditions, and that there have been aggressive criminal efforts to take control of the bodies of power.


He also described the street revolts that ousted him in March 2005 following chaotic parliamentary elections as a coup d'etat.


Akaev said he is concerned about the "rupture of the spiritual unity of Kyrgyzstan's society and the decline of the moral health of the nation."


The Central Asian republic has been rocked by a series of political killings, demonstrations, prison riots, and political infighting since Akaev's removal and the rise to power of President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

RFE/RL Central Asia Report


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