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    Kyrgyzstan's interim government has passed a decree removing the immunity of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and threatened to arrest him if he did not return to Bishkek

    Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which took power last week, has passed a decree removing the immunity of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a deputy prime minister told journalists on Tuesday.

    Azimbek Beknazarov said that effective immediately, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev had no immunity from prosecution, enabling the authorities to issue a warrant for his arrest.

    The new government issued an ultimatum to Bakiyev, who fled Bishkek last week amid violent protests by opposition supporters, to return to the capital or face arrest.

    The provisional government also suspended the Constitutional Court, Beknazarov said.

    "All this time the Constitutional Court has defied the Constitution, backing the interests of the families of [former President Askar] Akayev and [current President Kurmanbek] Bakiyev," Beknazarov said during an address to the judges.

     

    BISHKEK, April 13 (RIA Novosti)

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