Ousted Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has fled to neighbouring Kazakhstan, in a move described as “an important step towards the stabilisation of the situation” by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Kazakhstan is currently President.
An anonymous source in the interim government in Bishkek claims Bakiyev has also signed a letter of resignation, although this is yet to be independently verified.
His bodyguards fired warning shots to ward-off attackers at a rally in the country’s second city Osh.
Bakiyev had gone there intending to drum up support for his reinstatement.
Once Bakiyev had been taken to safety, a group of his supporters tried unsuccessfully to storm a television station in Osh in an attempt to provide the deposed president with a media platform.
The interim government in Bishkek says it wants Bakiyev to face trial for the deaths of 84 protesters gunned down by riot police in the April the 7th uprising.