Kyrgyz protestors call for President to resign

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Kyrgyz protestors call for President to resign

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Calling on their president to resign, opposition activists have been gathering in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Around 10,000 protestors took to the streets, seeking to oust president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who has been in charge of the country for just a year and a half.

Bakiyev had come to power in the wake of a series of demonstrations that toppled his long-serving predecessor Askar Akayev in 2005.

Opposition leader Felix Kulov told the crowd, “We need honest open authorities, working without corruption, that don’t divide our country or exploit division.”

It is not the first demonstration in the impoverished Central Asian state since Bakiyev came to office.

This time around the opposition believes that Bakiyev has condoned corruption and allowed crime to spiral.

“As Head of State, and elected President, I am prepared to hand some of my powers to parliament or government, but the President must have some powers of his own,” said the President, who made the concession of a revision of the constitution awarding parliament more powers last Tuesday.

Three thousand police have been called to maintain order, as protestors set up camp around government buildings until their demands are met.