Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Kyrgyzstan opposition sets up "people's gov't"
The government has been over-thrown by citizens who rose up in opposition. (BBC) The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a "people's government" after deadly clashes left dozens dead. An opposition leader and former foreign minister, Roza Otunbayeva, told the BBC that new defence and interior ministers had been appointed.
The whereabouts of President Bakiyev are not clear, but reports say that he has flown out of the capital, Bishkek. Protests at rising prices, corruption, and the arrest of opposition leaders had erupted in three cities. Ms. Otunbayeva said the interim government would remain in power for six months and draw up a new constitution.
Kyrgyzstan is a strategically important Central Asian state and houses a key US military base that supplies imperial forces in Afghanistan. Russia also has a base there. Ms. Otunbayeva said these military bases could continue as before. [Fearful of a similar revolution,] the US said it deplored the violence and urged "respect for the rule of law." More>>