Ousted Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiev is now in Belarus, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday. Bakiev and his family were in the Belarus capital of Minsk as of Monday night, Lukashenko said, according to the country's state-run news agency.
Lukashenko, who made the announcement to the country's parliament after his state of the nation address in Minsk, had been saying he planned to give asylum to Bakiev, CNN International reports.
Lukashenko said Sunday that Bakiyev would be welcome in his country, which could exacerbate Belarus' tensions with the West as well as its difficult relations with neighboring Russia. Lukashenko said in televised remarks Tuesday that Bakiyev was being protected in the Belarusian capital.
Bakiyev was deposed after the uprising in Bishkek, in which 83 people died after government forces opened fire on the crowds, TODAYonline informs.