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16 Apr 2010 11:41


World: Kyrgyzstan’s president gives into the pressure, formally resigns

Kurmanbek Bakiyev, looking dapper in that suit-no tie getup of his, left for Kazakhstan yesterday. His resignation calms a potential crisis. source

11 Apr 2010 10:24


World: Kyrgyzstan may arrest the old president for role in protester deaths

  • Because, hey, that seems reasonable. If you just took over a former Soviet Bloc country in a coup, would you let the old guy get away? That’s what interim leader Roza Otunbayeva is considering. She may charge ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in the deaths of 81 people by soldiers loyal to him. She makes it clear, however, that her country does not want to do it by force. But others, however, may not be so gracious. “There are people who want revenge,” she says. “It’s a very sensitive situation. You must understand that we won’t be able guarantee his security ourselves.” source

08 Apr 2010 10:32


World: Here’s more on the overthrow of the Kyrgyzstan government

  • This isn’t even the first overthrow Kyrgyzstan has had. Five years ago, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the bum who was thrown out (but still hasn’t resigned), rose to power in a similar fashion. Former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva is now in power after this. Although you can’t pronounce Kyrgyzstan’s name, it’s an important country for the U.S., because their Afghan War supply line runs straight through it. Andrew Sullivan has more. The Business Insider has even more than that. source

07 Apr 2010 10:30


World: State of emergency No. 1: Kyrgyzstan in dire straits today

At least 17 people were killed after riot police clashed with protesters. Protesters want President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to step down. source