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Kyrgyzstan Parliament Cancels Akayev Privileges

Askar Akayev
Kyrgyzstan's parliament has voted to strip ousted President Askar Akayev of many of his special privileges.

Lawmakers meeting Friday voted almost unanimously to repeal legislation that would allow the former leader to participate in government and parliament sessions.

The lawmakers held off, however, a discussion of Mr. Akayev's resignation. Although the ousted leader submitted his resignation Monday it will not be valid until parliament votes to accept it. Such a vote would legitimize the country's new authorities and clear the way for new presidential elections.

Mr. Akayev fled Kyrgyzstan on March 24 after protesters stormed his office and the opposition seized power.

Meanwhile, 500 protestors in the southern part of the country ended a three-day occupation of a regional governor's administrative offices in Naryn. The activists were demanding the reversal of a court decision that annulled the new prime minister's win in parliamentary elections.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.