Kyrgyz leader dismisses ill health rumours

Bakiyev's prolonged absence had prompted rumours of serious health problems after officials said on March 3 that he had left for a short holiday in Germany.

Kyrgyz leader dismisses ill health rumours
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev returned from more than three weeks in Germany on Friday saying he had undergone medical treatment but was in good health.

Bakiyev's prolonged absence had prompted rumours of serious health problems after officials said on March 3 that he had left for a short holiday in Germany. They did not mention treatment. Speaking on arrival in the capital Bishkek, Bakiyev, 58, said he initially planned to spend two weeks abroad, but decided to check leg joints which had been bothering him.

"I feel very well, and even better now," he told reporters. "The doctors told me: If you want to live an active lifestyle, you must undergo treatment."

The impoverished Central Asian state has been volatile since 2005 when mass riots triggered by a flawed parliamentary election toppled long-serving leader Askar Akayev and brought Bakiyev to power.

Bakiyev tightened his grip last year by dissolving the Akayev-era parliament and calling a snap election. His own Ak Zhol party won most seats in a poll criticised by the opposition and Western monitors.

Agencies
Last Mod: 29 Mart 2008, 22:25
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