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    BISHKEK, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - About 500 people gathered Friday outside the government building in the capital of Kyrgyzstan demanding the resignation of the country's prime minister, Felix Kulov.

    According to a RIA correspondent reporting from the scene, the protesters, who are supporters of a candidate barred from running for parliament in an April 9 by-election, are demanding to see President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

    Election authorities in the Central Asian country earlier cancelled the registration of Ryspek Akmatbayev on the grounds that he had concealed a previous conviction and violated residence qualifications.

    Akmatbayev was seeking to become a legislator following the killing of his brother, Tynychbek Akmatbayev, chairman of the parliament's law and order committee, during a prison riot when he was inspecting a penal colony last October.

    On October 19, 2005 inmates at colony IK-31 started disturbances over prison conditions. On October 20, they attacked members of a visiting parliamentary commission, killing three, including Tynychbek Akmatbayev, and the penitentiary service's head, Ikmatulla Polotov.

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