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Ousted Kyrgyz President Reportedly To Resign

Askar Akaev (file photo) Prague, 3 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports that ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev has agreed to demands that he formally resign.

An RFE/RL correspondent says Akaev will officially submit his resignation tomorrow. Today, Akaev met in Moscow with a parliamentary delegation representing Kyrgyzstan's interim.

Akaev's resignation would be a significant step toward solidifying political order in Kyrgyzstan following last month's political upheaval that caused him to flee the country.

The interim authorities have tentatively scheduled a new presidential election for late June. However, if Akaev were not to
step down, the legitimacy of that election could be called into question.

RFE/RL's correspondent reported that the Kyrgyz parliament is expected to announce the end of Akaev's presidential term tomorrow following the handover of the resignation document.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

See also: Former Kyrgyz President Akaev Calls Ouster 'Putsch'

For more on events in Kyrgyzstan, see RFE/RL's dedicated website Revolution In Kyrgyzstan