Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev
Kyrgyz lawmakers have demanded an explanation from the rectors of Bishkek-based universities over a controversial plan to allow ex-President Askar Akaev to hold lectures, a move that sparked student protests over the weekend. A parliamentary committee on May 22 urged the Education Ministry to exercise stricter control over university curricula because of the issue. Akaev, who was toppled by protesters in 2005 and fled the country, arrived in Bishkek on May 18 amid reports saying he will lecture at several universities, which many students opposed. Kyrgyz authorities said in January all corruption charges against Akaev were dropped due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. To read the original story from RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, click here .