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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz parliamentary leaders have called for a one-week halt to the removal of kiosks outside Bishkek's Osh bazaar, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The call came after some 200 vendors from the kiosks picketed the parliament building demanding that it do something to stop city officials from demolishing the kiosks, which are located near the entrance of the market.

Workers stopped removing the kiosks after the parliamentary request.

Bishkek Mayor Isa Omurkulov told RFE/RL that the kiosks were built illegally. He said they have to be removed to allow construction workers to carry out renovations of the bazaar's infrastructure.

The parliament also decided on January 14 to set up a special commission to study the situation. It will make its findings public on January 30.

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