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[23.05.2OO2] Kyrgyz government resigns

Moscow, Russia, May 23, 2002 (RosBusinessConsulting via COMTEX) -- The government of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, resigned on Wednesday after a special state commission ruled that senior officials were to blame for civilian deaths when police opened fire on demonstrators in March. But anti-government activists said the crisis would not be over until all guilty officials were called to justice and opposition deputy Azimbek Beknazarov, whose arrest triggered the March protests, was cleared of his criminal charges. President Askar Akayev told an emergency meeting of his Security Council that he had accepted Prime Minister Kurmanbek Bakiyev's resignation. Under Kyrgyz law, the entire cabinet automatically must resign if the prime minister quits. First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev has been named acting head of the government until a new cabinet is formed, the Russia Journal reported.
 
RosBusinessConsult, May 23, 2002

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