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PRESIDENTS OF EURASIAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY MEET IN ST PETERSBURG
From left to right, members of the Eurasian Economic Community, Presidents Alexander Lukashenko of Belorussia, Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Imomali Rakhmonov of Tajikistan arrive at a joint news conference at the Konstantin Palace outside St. Petersburg, January 25, 2006. Heads of these ex-Soviet countries hold a summit that aims to restore economic ties lost after the 1991 Soviet collapse, (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
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Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev (Kyrgyz: Курманбек Сали уулу Бакиев (Kurmanbek Sali Uulu Bakiev), Russian: Курманбек Салиевич Бакиев; born 1 August 1949) is a politician who served as the second President of Kyrgyzstan, from 2005 to 2010. Large opposition protests in April 2010 led to the takeover of government offices, forcing Bakiyev to flee the country.

Bakiyev was the leader of the People's Movement of Kyrgyzstan before his ascendance to the presidency. He received most of his popular support from the south of the country.

The Legislative Assembly of Kyrgyzstan of the Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan appointed him acting President on March 24, 2005, following the ousting, during the Tulip Revolution, of President Askar Akayev. In October 2007, Bakiyev initiated the creation of Ak Jol party, but could not lead it due to his presidency.

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