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03 Jul 2010 11:01

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World: Is Roza Otunbayeva Kyrgyzstan’s big shot at stability?

Otunbayeva, who was part of the coup a couple of months ago, was formally sworn in as president today. She’s the first female leader in the entire region. source

12 Jun 2010 11:33

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World: Post-coup, Kyrgyzstan falls into another state of emergency

  • 65+ number of people killed in a spate of ethnic violence between¬†Uzbek and Kyrgyz youths that bubbled over Thursday night
  • 500+ number of people hospitalized; a curfew has been set and Roza Otunbayeva has asked Russia for assistance¬†source

11 Apr 2010 10:24

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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

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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