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Kyrgyz President Fires Security Chief

24 May 2004 -- Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev today fired the head of the Kyrgyz Security Council after he joined a new opposition-led group.

Akaev fired Misir Ashyrkulov, who also served as the president's chief of staff. Last week, Ashyrkulov announced he would chair a new opposition group that plans to oversee compliance with election laws for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2005.

Presidential spokesman Dosali Esenaliev today said that the dismissal is not related to Ashyrkulov's intention to join that group, but declined to give a reason for the move.