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RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Kyrgyzstan's popular unity coordinating council, led by Acting President Kurmanbek Bakiev, approved by parliament on Friday, in a special appeal has called citizens to order and unity.

"The corrupt regime has collapsed but the process must be kept in civilized form. Ransacking, larceny, looting do irreparable damage to the image of new power", reads the appeal, televised in Kyrgyzstan.

Politicians making up the coordinating council call on the people to rally round new power.

"All the party leaders must give up their political ambitions in order to unite for stabilization. Kyrgyzstan should appear as a democratic country in the eyes of the international community", the appeal reads.

Meanwhile, the Bishkek police have been issued Order No 15, entitling them to use their weapons, RIA Novosti learnt from a source in the law-enforcement organs of Kyrgyzstan.

To man in the street, this order is actually the introduction of curfew from 18:00 to 06:00.

No such instruction has been received, the Bishkek interior department has told RIA Novosti.

After a wave of ransacking in Bishkek, stores, marketplaces, refuelling stations and currency exchange outlets have been closed.

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