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Kyrgyz Lawmakers To Debate Probe Into Colleague Death

Demonstrators supporting Prime Minister Kulov gathered in Bishkek today (RFE/RL) Bishkek, 25 October 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz lawmakers have gathered for a session expected to discuss the murder last week of a deputy whose death sparked days of protests, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

Kyrgyz lawmakers are expected to debate today whether to create a committee to investigate the murder of a deputy whose death sparked days of protests.

Parliament speaker Omurbek Tekebaev told protesters last night in Bishkek that parliament would look into the murder of Tynychbek Akmatbaev, who was shot by inmates as he visited a jail last week.

Hundreds of people demonstrated in the capital Bishkek and other Kyrgyz cities for the third day in a row yesterday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Feliks Kulov.

Protesters say Kulov should be held responsible for Akmatbaev's death.