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Kyrgyz Supreme Court Standoff Continues

Kyrgyz Interim President Bakiev (file photo) Bishkek, 5 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Demonstrators who have occupied the Supreme Court building and are calling for the removal of Supreme Court head Kurmanbek Osmonov announced on 4 May that they want parliament to make a decision on their demands by 12 May, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

Supporters of former parliamentary candidates Sharipa Sadybakasova, Toktosun Madiyarov, and Turatbek Andashev seized the court on 22 April; they want a review of their candidates' election losses. Five of the protestors are still on a hunger strike, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and Kyrgyz Radio One reported.

Osmonov has submitted his resignation (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 26 April 2005), but acting President Kurmanbek Bakiev has not yet accepted it. Also on 4 May, staff members of the Supreme Court appealed to Bakiev, warning that the blockade of the court has prevented judges from examining more than 300 cases, reported.