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RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN ATTENDS CIS SUMMIT IN MINSK
(L to R) Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Viktor Yuschenko of Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan walk before their summit in Minsk, Belarus on November 28, 2006. The heads of 11 former Soviet republics on Tuesday opened a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States expected to focus on reforming the 15-year-old organization. (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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