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Kyrgyzstan's Ousted President Arrives in Moscow - 2005-03-26


The Kremlin has confirmed that Kyrgyzstan's ousted President Askar Akayev has arrived in Moscow.

His arrival comes as Kyrgyzstan's new leaders try to restore order after two days of massive looting and street violence that killed at least three people and injured many others.

Bishkek has been in turmoil since angry foes of the ousted president rampaged through the city on Thursday, seizing government buildings and forcing Mr. Akayev to flee. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said he would not object if Mr. Akayev sought refuge on Russian soil.

Mr. Akayev has said by e-mail that he is still Kyrgyzstan's legitimate president.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan's opposition leader, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was appointed by parliament to lead an interim government, has announced plans to run in a June election to replace Mr. Akayev.

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