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Bakiyev 'will not return to Kyrgzstan as president'

Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Minsk, Belarus (21 April 2010)
Mr Bakiyev he had resigned under pressure and to protect his family

Ousted Kyrgyzstan leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev has said he does not intend to return home to rule as president.

But Mr Bakiyev said he no longer recognised his resignation, as the interim leaders had broken the terms under which he stood down.

Mr Bakiyev was speaking from Belarus, where he took refuge after being overthrown in a violent uprising.

Kyrgyzstan's interim leaders have said he should stand trial over the unrest in which 85 people died.

Mr Bakiyev told a news conference in the Belarus capital, Minsk, that he had no plans to return to Kyrgyzstan as president or to form a government in exile.

But he said the new administration had not honoured its side of his resignation deal.

"There was the threat to me and my relatives and a threat of civil war. So I submitted my resignation and left," he said.

"They guaranteed the safety of my family, but my family is being persecuted, therefore I do not recognise my resignation."

Arrest warrants have been issued for several members of Mr Bakiyev's family in connection with the unrest.

On Thursday, the interim government announced it would hold elections on 10 October, after a constitutional referendum on reducing presidential powers.

Mr Bakiyev arrived in Minsk on Tuesday - where he is staying as a guest of President Alexander Lukashenko - after originally fleeing to Kazakhstan following the deadly violence.



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