Kyrgyzstan’s deposed president Askar Akayev has slammed the ouster of his regime as an “unconstitutional coup d’etat”, Kyrgyz and Russian media reported.

“An unconstitutional coup d’etat has occurred in the republic,” Mr Akayev said in a message to a Kyrgyz news agency in his first comments on Thursday’s chaotic opposition protests that sent him fleeing from a country he had ruled since 1990.

“A group of irresponsible political adventurists and conspirators embarked on the criminal path of grabbing power by force,” the message said, according to the reports.

“The rumors about my resignation are not true… In the current situation I took a decision to temporarily leave the country in order to avoid bloody excesses.”

“The attempt to rid me of presidential powers via an unconstitutional route is a crime against the state,” Mr Akayev said. “My current stay outside the country is temporary.” ~ABC News

Yet again the ousted or coerced president of an ex-Soviet republic seems to have the better of the law under the republic’s constitution, and mob tactics and agitation have succeeded in deposing him. Unlike the other states, Akayev seems unwilling to go entirely quietly. This bodes ill for the country, which has been needlessly convulsed by Washington’s interventionism.