Kulov Resigns

by Nathan Hamm on 3/30/2005 · 2 comments

Kulov Resigns From Security Post

Bishkek, 30 March 2005 (RFE/RL) — Prominent Kyrgyz opposition leader Feliks Kulov today resigned as coordinator of Kyrgyzstan’s law-enforcement agencies.

Kulov was appointed to oversee Kyrgyz security last week to curb disorder that broke out after the ouster of President Askar Akaev on 24 March.

Speaking at a news conference in Bishkek, Kulov said that because the situation has stabilized it is no longer necessary to stay on the job: “We restored order in one and a half days. We didn’t fire one shot, we didn’t kill anybody, we didn’t break the law.”

Kulov later reiterated that statement to parliament, adding that Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement and security agencies have returned to their normal duties.

Parliament then relieved him of his duties. Earlier, Kyrgyzstan’s provisional president and prime minister, Kurmanbek Bakiev, said he thinks that the leaders of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are worried about the revolution that happened last week in Kyrgyzstan.

(RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service/Interfax/AP/AFP)

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Laurence March 30, 2005 at 8:28 am

Does this mean round 2 to Bakiyev?

jb March 30, 2005 at 9:31 am

It could well – it could also be Kulov trying to maintain himself as the voice on conscience in the midst of the situation, something he seems to have pulled off quite well to date. Whether that’s a consolation prize could be debated, I suppose.

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