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Kyrgyz Ex-President Accuses Interim Leaders

Kyrgyzstan's former president, Askar Akaev (file photo) 26 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- One month after his ouster as president of Kyrgyzstan, former President Askar Akaev told RFE/RL in a wide-ranging interview on 24 April that he did not engage in any fraud in the parliamentary elections that led to the uprising.

He also rejected a charge made in parliament on 22 April that he had improperly transferred funds for election purposes.

Akaev also accused the current government, which is led by the former opposition, of "Stalinist" methods and said a number of his family members have been fired from their posts in central or regional government.

"I feel real pain today when I see that Kyrgyzstan's interim leaders are more concerned with dividing power among themselves and satisfying their political and financial ambitions than with taking care of the interests of the people," Akaev charged. "All of this, of course, is leading the country toward an inevitable economic crisis."

When Akaev was asked by RFE/RL whether he regretted the imprisonment of a number of senior opposition politicians and journalists, he singled out the influential leader of the Ar-Nayms Party, former Vice President and security chief Feliks Kulov. Akaev said he was sorry for having jailed Kulov.

A former dissident who emerged as a key leader following the ouster of Akaev's presidential administration, Kulov yesterday declared his intention to run for the presidency in an election slated for 10 July.

Kulov is expected to face his toughest rival in acting President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Akaev accused ascendant officials of having fired his sisters-in-law -- who include Sanatkul Jamakeeva, secretary of state of Agency on State Service Affairs, and Aiazgul Sarkisheva, the deputy governor of Akaev's wife's home region of Talas -- and his older brother, the Kemin district's Asankul Akaev.

Akaev stressed that he fled the country amid the uprising in order to avoid bloodshed, and he dismissed opponents' charges that hundreds of pro-Akaev provocateurs among thousands of opposition protesters had instigated the storming of the governmental and presidential compound on 24 March.

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