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Bakiyev faxed resignation letter to Kyrgyzstan - interim govt.

RIA Novosti


BISHKEK, April 16 (RIA Novosti) - Interim Kyrgyz Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva showed journalists on Friday a copy of a fax that she claimed was ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's resignation letter.

"Recognizing my responsibility before the Kyrgyz people, and with the aim of preserving the state's unity, in accordance with the Constitution, I offer my resignation," the letter, allegedly sent from Kazakhstan, said.

There has been no official conformation of Bakiyev's resignation. His brother said the faxed document was a fake.

"The issue of his resignation has not yet been raised," said Akhmad Bakiyev, who is currently in the Bakiyev family residence in the south of the country, the president's traditional stronghold.

Bakyiev was deposed amid violent protests that claimed the lives of at least 84 people and left about 1,600 injured. The protests began in the northwestern Kyrgyz town of Talas on April 7 and spread to other regions of the country including the capital, Bishkek.

The president fled the capital and an interim government of opposition members was formed. He was in hiding in his home village of Teyip on the outskirts of Jalalabad in the country's south for about a week, trying to unite his supporters.

Bakiyev fled to the neighboring Central Asian state of Kazakhstan on Thursday after the interim government said it would allow him to leave the country for his own safety.

He was reportedly planning to hold talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, but a source in the Kazakh leadership said Nazarbayev so far has no plans to meet Bakiyev.

He had previously said he would only step down if he was guaranteed safety and amnesty for himself and his relatives. The interim authorities rejected the terms set by Bakiyev, saying they could only guarantee his personal security.

The interim government has declared Bakiyev and his brothers responsible for the unrest.

Kyrgyz Special Forces loyal to the interim government on Friday surrounded Teyip, where the brothers have reportedly been staying. There were reports that Bakiyev's supporters had begun laying down arms.

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