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Kyrgyz President Akayev's Resignation Finalized

Askar Akayev (File photo)
Kyrgyzstan's parliament has accepted ousted President Askar Akayev's resignation and set a date for new elections.

Kyrgyz lawmakers have voted to accept Mr. Akayev's offer to resign, after a week of indecision and four special sessions of parliament.

The vote, initially expected last week, was bogged down, with some lawmakers saying Mr. Akayev should be impeached, rather than be allowed to resign, after he fled the country for Moscow at the height of the recent electoral crisis.

By a large majority, the lawmakers also agreed to set new presidential elections for July 10.

Monday's vote comes two weeks after anti-government protesters stormed government headquarters, angered over what was seen by many as rigged parliament elections.

Meanwhile, prominent opposition politician Felix Kulov has been cleared of all corruption charges leveled by the Akayev government, clearing him to run for the presidency this year.