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Kyrgyz Interim Leader Urges Ousted Akayev Not to Return

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Kyrgyzstan's interim president has warned ousted President Askar Akayev against returning to the country, saying it could provoke a new wave of violence. Kurmanbek Bakiyev spoke on Kyrgyz television Wednesday, one day after Mr. Akayev said he was willing to return to Bishkek to offer his resignation. But Mr. Bakiyev, who has urged the ousted leader to resign, says passions in Kyrgyzstan have not yet died down following last week's political crisis. Mr. Bakiyev added that he plans to run in presidential elections set for June. Hours earlier, another opposition official, Felix Kulov, stepped down from his newly appointed post of security chief. Mr. Akayev fled to Moscow last week after thousands of opposition demonstrators stormed the presidential palace, protesting legislative elections they say were rigged.
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