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    Ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev will hold a news conference in Minsk on April 23, a national press center official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    Ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev will hold a news conference in Minsk on April 23, a national press center official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    Bakiyev made on Wednesday his first statement after the April Kyrgyz riots. He said he has not resigned from his post as president and called for world leaders not to recognize the Kyrgyz interim government.

    "At 11 a.m. local time [08:00 GMT] on Friday Kurmanbek Bakiyev will hold a news conference," the spokesman said.

    The government in Kyrgyzstan was taken over on April 7, after a series of violent riots began which threatened to turn into a civil war. Bakiyev was toppled and left Kyrgyzstan on April 15.

    The ousted president is presently in Minsk, where he was invited by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Earlier on Wednesday, the Belarus leader said Bakiyev should participate in Kyrgyz presidential elections.

    The interim government has pledged to hold honest presidential and parliamentary elections in the next six months.

    MINSK, April 22 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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