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Ousted Bakiyev says has no intention of returning to Kyrgyzstan as president

RIA Novosti


MINSK, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev said he has no intention of returning to Kyrgyzstan as president, despite his statement that he has not admitted to his resignation.

"I will not return to Kyrgyzstan as president," Bakiyev said.

"I made a statement that I do not admit to my resignation because the country could return to its legal base," Bakiyev said on Friday during a press-conference in Minsk.

On Wednesday, Bakiyev, who had fled Kyrgyzstan following the April 6-8 riots, said he had not in fact resigned and urged world leaders not to recognize the republic's interim government.

Last week, Interim Kyrgyz Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva showed journalists a copy of a fax that she claimed was ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's resignation letter.

Bakiyev's brother said the faxed document was a fake.

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