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Kyrgyzstan: Interim Kyrgyz gov't to deprive ousted president of immunity


BISHKEK, (Xinhua): Kyrgyzstan's opposition-controlled interim government is to sign a decree which will deprive President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of immunity from prosecution, an official of the interim government said Friday.

Azimbek Beknazarov, deputy prime minister of the the interim government, said that the decree is due to be signed in the early hours of Saturday.

The directive will actually replace the current constitution, said Beknazarov, who oversees the law enforcement and justice systems for the interim government.

According to Beknazarov, the opposition considered Bakiyev deposed, and the new government has launched a criminal case against Bakiyev.

He added that the new authorities have no intention of negotiating with Bakiyev.

Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz interim government Roza Otunbayeva said on Friday that if Bakiyev agrees to step down, he would be permitted to leave the country.

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