R E G I O N: Thousands set to march against new Kyrgyz
* Demonstrators concerned about lawlessness and
CHYM KORGON: Thousands of people gathered in the home
region of deposed Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev on
Saturday and said they planned to head for the capital
to protest against his ousting by mass protests.
Keneshbek Dushebayev, whom Akayev named as interior
minister shortly before being swept from power on
Thursday, said he expected people to set off by car,
bus and even horseback for Bishkek soon.
�They may get there today. They may get there
tomorrow, but the important thing is they will go
there,� Dushebayev told Reuters. Demonstrators said
they were mainly motivated by concern about the
legality of Thursday�s coup and the lawlessness and
looting that had followed.
�Our demand is to stop this lawlessness in Bishkek.
The seizure of power is illegal. We do not support
President Akayev, but the change of power should have
been carried out according to the law,� said one of
the protesters, Rustam Ibraimov, 24.
They numbered about 3,000, but said they expected to
attract the support of many thousands more as they
travelled the 90 km from Kemen region to the capital.
�It is wrong to say these people are supporters of
Akayev. They consider Akayev the incumbent president
and think his overthrow was unconstitutional. But they
are being led by the interior minister,� Dushebayev
Acting president Kurmanbek Bakiev on Friday named
Myktybek Abdyldayev as new interior minister.
�The Kyrgyz constitution must be fulfilled and all
changes in our life must be undertaken only in
accordance with the constitution,� said Dushebayev.
He said Akayev should be included in talks to
negotiate a way out of the country�s crisis. �If he is
in Kyrgyzstan, he must come out of hiding. If he is
abroad, he must come here,� said Dushebayev.
Presidential election: Kyrgyzstan�s parliamentary
speaker on Saturday said a presidential election would
be held on June 26. The decision followed this week�s
ouster of President Askar Akayev who has fled the
country, possibly to Russia, but has refused to
resign. Parliament also voted to prolong its authority
until the election.
Meanwhile, A Kyrgyz official said on Saturday that
there was information a possible attempt to kill
acting President Kurmanbek Bakiev was being planned.
�We have information that there may be an attempt
planned on his (Bakiev�s) life,� spokeswoman Yelena
Buldakova told journalists. The venue of a planned
press conference by Bakiev was immediately switched
from the government building to state security