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22 Apr, 2010 08:22

New presidential election date set in Kyrgyzstan

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan has set the date for the presidential election - October 10th, 2010. This comes despite the ousted leader insisting he will not give up his power.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev was deposed earlier this month in an uprising that left more than 80 people dead and thousands injured in the capital, Bishkek.

He fled to neighboring Kazakhstan, from where, according to the interim government, he tendered his official resignation.

Bakiyev, however, insists presidential power belongs to him as long as he is alive.

Bakiyev now is in Belarus, where he is expected to have protection until the interim government seeks to extradite him.