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OUSTED LEADER STRIPPED OF SPECIAL PRIVILEGES

Parliament voted Friday to strip ousted President Askar Akayev of special privileges as the first president of independent Kyrgyzstan, diminishing the status of the leader who was forced to flee to Russia last month during a popular uprising.

Lawmakers again failed to vote on Akayev's resignation. They postponed a decision until Monday.

Akayev offered his resignation from Moscow earlier this week. Since Wednesday, parliament has debated the terms of Akayev's resignation, with some lawmakers arguing he should be impeached.

Lawmakers unanimously agreed to strip Akayev of special privileges that were given him in recognition of his role as first president elected after the country gained independence during the 1991 Soviet collapse. Privileges included the right to address parliament, government sessions and state agencies; lifetime membership in the security council; and free access to the media.

Akayev would retain immunity from prosecution -- something guaranteed by the constitution -- but his family would not.

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