April 8th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Kyrgyz president says he won't resign

Maxim Tkachenko

The Kyrgyz president said Thursday he would not resign despite the opposition's assertion that it had ousted the government following days of bloody civil unrest in the central Asian nation.

President Kurmanbek Bakiev acknowledged that there had been a coup against him but said in a statement that he was not abandoning his duties.

"I am prepared to bear responsibility for the tragic events that have happened if it will be proven by an objective and unbiased recognition without hiding behind the presidential immunity. I believe I acted in the way that the constitution required," Bakiev said in his statement, posted on 24.kg, a well-known Kyrgyz Web site.

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