Kyrgyzstan president resigns after high court clears way for new elections

Kyrgyzstan president resigns after high court clears way for new elections

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan's deposed president Askar Akayev [official website] agreed Saturday to resign. Earlier in the day, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court had ruled that presidential elections would proceed on June 26 whether Akayev formally resigned or not. Under current law, a president must resign before the parliament is allowed to vote on holding new elections. The court's exception comes one week after it invalidated disputed parliamentary elections [JURIST report], and Akayev fled into exile in Russia. A parliamentary delegation is scheduled to fly to Moscow Sunday to meet with Akayev and discuss a preliminary resignation agreement. The agreement is expected to allow Akayev to return to the country at any time as a normal citizen. Reuters has more.