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ATTEMPT TO SEIZE PARLIAMENT FAILED

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Protesters in Kyrgyzstan made an attempt to seize the parliament where MPs started debate on the current situation in the republic.

Some 3,000 protesters gathered on the square, encircled the parliament building, and started storming it. They broke the doors.

The seizure was prevented by MPs who came out to meet with the protesters.

One protester told RIA Novosti some of rallymen wanted to oust MPs, whereas some are trying to protect them.

A rally is being staged in front of the parliament building at the moment. MPs and opposition leaders, including Kurmanbek Bakieyv, are addressing the protesters.

A meeting of the lower house of parliament that comprises the majority of the leaders of the opposition's coordinating council, is being held behind closed doors. An interim government is expected to be formed on Friday.

The upper house is holding a meeting on the agenda dominated by the same issues, i.e. legitimizing the new authorities and unrest in Bishkek.

The recently elected deputies were not allowed in the parliament building as the Supreme Court abolished the parliamentary election results yesterday.



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