Ousted Kyrgyz president in Belarus

Ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has reportedly flown to the neighboring Belarus after spending four days in Kazakhstan, Kazakh officials say.

"Bakiyev and his family, four people in all, have been in Minsk since Monday evening, as guests," Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an address to the Belarusian parliament on Tuesday.

Bakiyev flew to Kazakhstan following his ouster from power in a popular uprising last week and his failure to draw major support in the south where he was reported to be most popular.

Kyrgyz interim leaders have said he should stand trial over the unrest, during which 85 people were killed.

The new government is working to restore calm amidst reports of sporadic unrest in the country.

A spokesman for the interim Kyrgyz government, Omurbek Tekebayev, said Belarus and Kyrgyzstan had "always been friends and we shall remain friends."

However, he said the administration would request Bakiyev's extradition to Kyrgyzstan from Belarus.


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