Akayev to Resign

Kyrgyzstan Leader to Step Down

The exiled president agrees to exit the office:
Askar Akayev has been in exile in Moscow since opponents stormed his offices last month.

He met with a group representing Kyrgyzstan’s interim leadership today, telling reporters that an agreement has been forged to permit his resignation, effective tomorrow

Akayev says the agreement will “pave the way” to find a solution to the political crisis. And the speaker says it “will ensure peace and legitimacy.”

Kyrgyzstan Order is Gradually Restored

Order was gradually restored in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek Sunday morning after three-day unrest which had left some 10 people dead.

Police and volunteers joined hands to keep order in the capital, where many stores have been looted and some even burned after Thursday’s riots.

Felix Kulov, minister in charge of security in the new government, told reporters on Saturday he had given orders for police to fire in the air to fight off looters.

However, a duty officer at the Interior Ministry’s press office told reporters on Sunday that there are still some reports of thefts at smaller stores and offices and a sharp increase in car thefts in the city.

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