MOSCOW-The deposed president of Kyrgyzstan, who was ousted following bloody anti-government riots this month, is being harbored now in Belarus, that country's president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, said Tuesday, though authorities in Kyrgyzstan said they would press for his extradition.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the former president of Kyrgyzstan, resigned last week and left for neighboring Kazakhstan in a deal brokered by the presidents of the U.S., Russia and Kazakhstan. The deal was meant to shore up Kyrgyzstan's provisional government and halt further violence in the Central Asian nation, which hosts a crucial American military base.
Lukashenko told members of the Belarus parliament that Bakiyev arrived from Kazakhstan with several members of his family in Belarus' capital, Minsk, late Monday evening.
- From wire reports