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Kyrgyz election officials strip son of ousted president of parliamentary seat

Kyrgyz election officials strip son of ousted president of parliamentary seat

Election officials stripped the son of ousted President Askar Akayev of his seat in parliament Thursday, saying he hadn't attended a single session of parliament this year.
The Central Election Commission voted to end the mandate of Aydar Akayev, who has been living in Russia since his father was toppled last March, and stripped another lawmaker, Muratbek Malabayev, of his seat for the same reason.
Akayev and Malabayev won seats in parliament in the controversial 2005 elections that sparked mass protests that led to Akayev's ouster and his fleeing to Russia. Since then, the impoverished Central Asian nation has been roiled by political instability and deteriorating public security.
Last October, Kyrgyz prosecutors initiated two criminal investigations into Aydar Akayev's business activities.
Malabayev is believed to be a close supporter of the former president, who before his ouster was believed to be the most democratic leader in Central Asia.