Ousted Kyrgyz president Bakiyev denies resignation (UPDATE)

Ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has denied claims made by the Central Asian Republic's interim government that he has resigned from his post as president and said was ready to answer to the law.

"There is no power which will make me resign from the presidential post," he said.

Uprisings broke out in Kyrgyzstan on April 6, spreading across the country and lasting several days. Bakiyev was deposed and an interim government was formed under Roza Otumbayeva. Bakiyv fled to neighboring Kazakhstan on April 15.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Tuesday that Bakiyev had arrived in Minsk on Belarus's invitation and pledged to provide "personal" protection to the ousted president.

Bakiyev called on Wednesday for world leaders not to recognize the Kyrgyz interim government and expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in the uprisings.

"Kyrgyzstan will not be anyone's colony. It will continue to build a democratic state," he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kyrgyz interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva ordered police to shoot and kill looters in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic.

On Monday morning, some 2,000 people armed with sticks set several cars on fire and threw rocks at houses in the northern suburbs of Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, claiming their right for land in local villages. Five people were killed and at least 30 injured in clashes with villagers.

According with Kyrgyz law, citizens are allowed to protect their property using arms.

Otunbayeva has called for people in the country to remain calm, prevent provocations, and fight arsonists and forces trying to destroy public peace and interethnic harmony.

MINSK, April 21 (RIA Novosti)


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