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RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan will not discuss president Askar Akayev's resignation statement today.

The discussion will take place tomorrow, April 7, Parliament Speaker Omurbek Tekebayev noted. Chairmen of the republican Constitutional Court and Supreme Court, representatives of leading Kyrgyz parties and diplomatic-corps representatives will also attend the parliamentary session.

The Kyrgyz Parliament has put off the discussion of Akayev's resignation for the second time already. This discussion did not take place on Tuesday for lack of a quorum. Less than 50 out of 75 MP-s showed up.

The deputies were to have heard Akayev's statement on stepping down as head of state (that was signed by him in Moscow April 4 in the presence of a Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation and a state notary). Members of parliament were to have watched Akayev's 18-minute video address to the nation and the Kyrgyz legislature.

The Kyrgyz Constitution states expressly that a president's resignation can only be accepted by all parliament members.

Some members of the parliamentary opposition said April 5 that they did not agree to accept Akayev's voluntary resignation that retains all his rights and privileges as Kyrgyzstan's first president. The deputies are demanding that the president be impeached.

I know about the existence of forces advocating my impeachment, Akayev noted. The Kyrgyz Constitution, as well as those of most other countries, have it that such impeachment proceedings can only take place on charges of high treason and those pertaining to some other grave crime, Akayev added. Impeachment proceedings are only possible in these two cases, Akayev said. However, I did not betray my state; nor did I commit any crimes whatsoever, Akayev told RIA Novosti.

I announced my resignation ahead of schedule in line with national interests, for the sake of preserving civil peace and accord in the country, as well as in orderto reinstate constitutional order, Akayev stressed. I made this decision in order to enable incumbent authorities to hold absolutely legitimate presidential elections, Akayev noted in conclusion.

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