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Acting Kyrgyzstan President Bakiyev: 'Life is Returning to Normal'

In an exclusive interview with VOA, Bakiyev lays out his main goals as acting president.

Washington, D.C., April 4, 2005 - Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Acting President of Kyrgyzstan, today told the Voice of America (VOA) that the country is returning to normal after the March 24 political upheaval in that country that resulted in Monday's resignation by the former President Askar Akayev.

In an exclusive interview with VOA's Russian Service in the capital city of Bishkek, Bakiyev emphasized that the constitution of Kyrgyzstan should not change and that he, as President and guarantor of the constitution, will be sure that the balance of power between the three branches of government is maintained. Bakiyev stressed that ensuring stability and maintaining law and order, as well as fighting corruption, are among his main goals as acting president.

"Today, I can definitely say that the situation is stabilizing and that life is returning to normal," he said. Promising "a decent life for everyone in Kyrgyzstan," Bakiyev explained that those who want education should be able to get it and those who want to work should have the opportunity to do so.

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