Interim Government Established After Opposition Seize Control In Kyrgyzstan
April 8, 2010
At least 75 people are dead and over 1,000 injured in a revolution that successfully dissolved the current government and put control into the hands of an opposition party calling an end to the “tyranny against the people by the Bakiyev regime”.
“You can call this revolution. You can call this a people’s revolt. Either way, it is our way of saying that we want justice and democracy,” former foreign minister and opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva said.
An interim government has been established and a popular leadership put into place until elections can be held.A new constitution is planned.
In the meantime, President Bakiyev has fled the region and refuses to resign. He is attempting to rally support in his stronghold of the south of the central Asian state.
The U.S. military is expected to begin talks with the new government, as a large airbase exists in the region that is strategically important for moving troops into Afghanistan.
Russia, likewise, has a military base there.
Correspondents from various news sources have described the area as mostly quiet in the aftermath of the bloody takeover, though looting has continued into the day.