BISHKEK. The Movement For the Resignation of President Askar Akayev and For Reforms In the People's Interests today held a conference devoted to organization procedures. The conference decided to change the entire leadership. The leader of the Asaba' (Flag) National Revival Party, lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov was elected the new chairman of the movement, instead of lawmaker Ismail Isakov. Earlier, some suggestions to omit the first part of the movement's title (For Resignation of President Akayev) were not supported by the delegates. Beknazarov said that the main aim of the movement, established on August 17, 2002, as a bloc of nine opposition parties and several NGOs, will be preserved. Isakov said that one of the achievements of Kyrgyz opposition were new attempts at constitutional reforms. However, the main tasks of the bloc remain unaddressed, Isakov said.
Opposition lawmaker, Alevtina Pronenko was elected as the first deputy chairperson. Human rights activist, Tursunbek Akun, became one of the deputies of the chairman. Editor-in-chief of the "Res publica" independent newspaper, Zamira Sydykova, was elected as the movement's press secretary.