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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Akayev Signs His Resignation

APAskar Akayev, center, leaving the Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow on Monday.
Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, who fled his country last month after demonstrators stormed his offices, signed his resignation Monday, Kyrgyz lawmakers said, in a key step toward restoring stability in the Central Asian nation.

Akayev signed the resignation at the Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow a day after meeting with a delegation representing Kyrgyzstan's interim leadership, headed by parliament speaker Omurbek Tekebayev.

The resignation is effective Tuesday, the delegation said.

"Akayev has made an important decision. The people needed it very much," Kyrgyz lawmaker Tashkul Kereksizov said.

He said Akayev had recorded a statement to the nation, the tape of which would be played to a session of the Kyrgyz parliament on Tuesday and then broadcast on Kyrgyz television.

Akayev's resignation is likely to be a significant step toward restoring political order to the country, which was plunged into uncertainty March 24 when an anti-Akayev demonstration exploded into a clash outside the presidential administration building. Riot police guarding the building fled, and protesters rushed inside.

Akayev surfaced in Russia several days later.

By stepping down, he removes the last major obstruction to holding a new presidential election, which the interim government has tentatively scheduled for June 26.

"The revolution has taken place, the new government is working, but this document is necessary to bring the developments into the legal field," Kereksizov said, adding that the parliament would formally endorse Akayev's resignation Tuesday.

In his address to the nation, Akayev "listed the nation's achievements during his 14 1/2-year presidency, but also apologized to people who bore grudges against him," said Tekebayev's aide, Bermet Bukasheva.

The storming of the presidential administration building was the culmination of weeks of protests by opposition supporters.

Akayev fled, deepening his country's political crisis as the previous and newly elected parliaments competed for legitimacy. There were two nights of looting and gunfire in the capital, during which at least three people were killed.

The political chaos began to ebb last week after the previous parliament ceded authority. Although the newly elected legislature has been seen as dominated by Akayev supporters, it nominated Tekebayev, a prominent Akayev opponent, as parliament speaker.

Akayev had previously refused to recognize Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a former opposition leader approved by both parliaments as interim president, saying he considered Tekebayev the country's legitimate political leader.

But Kereksizov said Monday that Akayev recognized the new authorities.

"Akayev said that he wouldn't struggle against the new government, and that amounted to his recognition of the new Kyrgyzstan authorities," Kereksizov said. "He said he will not confront the new government in either words or deeds and wished it success."

Prior to resigning, Akayev and members of the parliamentary delegation on Sunday signed an agreement reaffirming that he would enjoy security guarantees granted to former leaders under the Kyrgyz law.

Akayev said Russia and Kazakhstan were listed as guarantors of the agreement for him to step down. Akayev reportedly sought refuge in neighboring Kazakhstan for a day or two after leaving Kyrgyzstan and before coming to Russia, where he may decide to remain.