Deposed Kyrgyz president flies to Kazakhstan

2010-04-16 08:36 BJT

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The deposed president of Kyrgyzstan has fled the country for neighboring Kazakhstan, allaying fears of renewed violence in the Central Asian nation.

Kazakhstan says the presidents of the United States, Russia and Kazakhstan helped arrange for Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to leave the country.

It calls the development an "important step toward stabilization of the situation." Kyrgyzstan's interim administration says that Bakiyev signed a formal letter of resignation before boarding the plane.

File photo taken on April 1, 2010 shows then Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev talks with his wife in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Xinhua/Sadat)
File photo taken on April 1, 2010 shows then Kyrgyz President
Kurmanbek Bakiyev talks with his wife in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.