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Kyrgyzstan's Old Parliament Agrees to Disband

Kyrgyzstan's old parliament has formally agreed to step down, deferring to newly elected deputies in an effort to reduce political tensions in the central Asian country.

The move to disband came after the new parliament confirmed opposition leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev as prime minister and appointed him acting president.

The development Monday angered opposition protesters who said the new parliament was chosen in rigged elections. Mass protests over the disputed balloting brought down the previous government and led to the ouster of President Askar Akayev.

Kyrgyz lawmakers have set June 26 for new presidential elections.

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