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KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT TO EXAMINE AKAYEV'S RESIGNATION APRIL 6

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, APRIL 5, (RIA Novosti's Larisa Sayenko) - The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan decided to examine the resignation of republican president Askar Akayev at its April 6 session.

Talking to RIA Novosti here today, people at the Kyrgyz Parliament's press center noted that the session had been put off for lack of quorum.

On April 4 Askar Akayev signed his voluntary resignation, thereby stepping down as president of Kyrgyzstan ahead of schedule. Akayev's resignation was then submitted to a Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation in Moscow.

Meanwhile people in the village of Kyzyl Bairak, which is Akayev's birthplace, are sure that Kyrgyzstan will never again have a better president than Akayev.

Akayev had always worked for the people, village dweller Cholpan noted. He is so clever; and he speaks so many languages, Cholpan added. We will never have such a bright president in the future, she stressed. In her opinion, those insane opposition members have wrecked everything.

We are merely stating the facts. All Kyrgyz citizens are related to each other because Kyrgyz is our father, Temirtan noted evasively. He believes that Akayev awoke the Kyrgyz nation's historical memory and national pride, also making Russian a second state language.

A large white house where Akayev had spent his childhood is still standing in Kyzyl Bairak. Akayev's sister and her family now live there. Meanwhile Akayev's brother Sankul, who heads a local nature preserve, has built a two-storey mansion opposite that house.

People in this idyllic village are saying that the attack on Bishkek and the sacking of the city could have been avoided. All one had to do was write a letter to the president of Kyrgyzstan, who has never turned down a single request. And he would have left the Government House all by himself.

They should have merely asked him; and such an intelligent man would have quit on his own, Cholpan noted.

Well, this is almost what Akayev did on Monday,resigning at the new Parliament's "request".



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