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Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Bakiyev Appointed Interim Head


Kyrgyzstan's parliament has appointed opposition leader acting head of state, one day after chaotic protests ousted the country's veteran regime.

The 55-year-old Mr. Bakiyev is a former prime minister and one of the leaders of the nation's fractious opposition.

Russia became the first country to express its support, but the ousted President Askar Akayev issued a statement from somewhere outside the country that he has not resigned.

He fled the country Thursday after opposition demonstrators stormed the seat of government and the presidential quarters.

The new leader pledged to quickly form an interim government and he said a fresh presidential election will be held in the country in June. He said his main goal at the moment is to form a government that will ensure order and stability in the republic.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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