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Kyrgyz Interim Government To Allow Exiled First President To Return

Askar Akaev

Askar Akaev

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's interim government said today it will allow Askar Akaev, the country's first president, to return to the country from Russia, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Interim government Deputy Chairman Omurbek Tekebaev told journalists today that Akaev and his family will be allowed to return to Kyrgyzstan, but only after the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 10. Tekebaev said Kyrgyzstan's current authorities decided to allow Akaev to return with the status of former president.

Akaev, 65, served as president from 1990 until he was ousted by mass demonstrations during the Tulip Revolution in 2005. He and his family have been living since then in Moscow, where Akaev works as a physics professor at Moscow State University.

He told RFE/RL after the April 7 ouster of his successor, Kurmanbek Bakiev, that he had no plans to become involved in Kyrgyz politics.

Akaev's daughter, Bermet Akaeva, announced on April 27 that the former president's family plans to return to Kyrgyzstan.

Akaev was accused of turning a blind eye to widespread government corruption and nepotism involving his daughter, Bermet, and son Aidar, who controlled several large businesses in Kyrgyzstan.