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Akayev's Daughter Returns to Kyrgyzstan


Bermet Akayeva
The daughter of ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev has unexpectedly appeared in parliament to assume the seat she won in disputed elections earlier this year.

Bermet Akayeva returned to Bishkek after weeks in self-imposed exile following a late March coup. She told journalists outside the parliament Thursday that she does not expect any problems from the Kyrgyz people, nor does she fear prosecution.

Ms. Akayeva predicted that her brother Aidar, who also won a parliamentary seat, will return to Kyrgyzstan soon. Last week, parliament voted to strip the members of Mr. Akayev's family of immunity from prosecution.

Her father, who resigned last week after nearly 15 years in power, fled Kyrgyzstan after protesters ransacked his offices in Bishkek and the opposition seized power March 24.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AP.

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