New Interim Government in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, April 08, 2010

An opposition coalition led by Roza Otunbayeva has announced that it has put a temporary government in place in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.

The new government in Kyrgyzstan was put in place today, after the deaths of dozens of people yesterday during clashes between anti-government protestors and police. The country's President Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the country yesterday due to the violence, after thousands of protestors stormed and set fire to administration buildings.

"Yesterday's events were a response to aggression, tyranny and a crackdown on dissenters," Otunbayeva told The Associated Press. "All the people who were killed and wounded are victims of this regime."

Otunbayeva is Kyrgyzstab's former foreign minister. As she announced the formation of Kyrgyzstan's new temporary government, she also said that the country's current parliament would be dissolved and that the interim government would rule the country for six months, until the next elections. Otunbayeva also said President Bakiyev should resign. The AP reports that the coalition will continue to allow the U.S. to operate an air base in Kyrgyzstan that sends supplies to troops in Afghanistan.

The opposition coalition wanted President Bakiyev out because it said his government was corrupt. The coalition also opposes a recent increase in power prices.

UPDATE SINCE THIS STORY WAS FIRST POSTED: This story has been updated to include the new formation of a transition government in Kyrgyzstan.

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