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Kyrgyz Interim Security Chief Resigns Citing 'Return to Calm'


Kyrgyzstan's interim security chief and former opposition leader Felix Kulov has resigned from his newly-appointed position, saying the situation in the country has stabilized.

Mr. Kulov told lawmakers Wednesday he was leaving his post because order has been restored and an interim government is in place.

He was named security chief last week and tasked with getting the looting and mass disorder in the capital, Bishkek, under control following the ouster of President Askar Akayev.

Mr. Kulov also said Kyrgyzstan's interim authorities are prepared to provide security guarantees for the ousted leader if he returns to Bishkek and formally resigns.

Mr. Akayev fled the country after thousands of opposition protesters stormed the presidential palace, protesting legislative elections they say were rigged.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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