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Latest news from Kyrgyzstan

KYRGYZSTAN: Political disputes continue amid improving security

BISHKEK, 28 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Life began to return to normal in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on Monday, with all government offices and private businesses back at work following the unrest of the last week. According to observers all eyes are now on the political disputes about the legitimacy of both the outgoing parliament and the new incoming one, waiting for action from the interim government.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Looters ransack capital following protests

BISHKEK, 25 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Thursday's protests in Kyrgyzstan which toppled Askar Akayev's regime have been followed by a night of looting in the capital, Bishkek.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Southerners unhappy about more than flawed polls

OSH, 24 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - When asked why they wanted their president to go, people in Osh whom IRIN spoke to on Thursday responded that unfair elections were not the main reason. Most gave deepening poverty and unemployment, especially in the south, as the key reasons why they were prepared to risk everything on the streets in order to bring President Askar Akayev's regime down.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Second city calm as 'people's brigades' maintain security

OSH, 24 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Opposition celebrations in the centre of the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh have become a daily ritual for those demonstrators who have not left the city to export the unrest north to the capital. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Protesters topple government, president flees

BISHKEK, 24 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev was reported to have fled the country on Thursday after thousands of opposition protesters took control of the capital, Bishkek, following a day of unprecedented disturbances.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Election protests reach the capital

BISHKEK, 23 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - A peaceful anti-government demonstration in the capital, Bishkek, against flawed parliamentary elections was violently dispersed by Kyrgyz riot police on Wednesday. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Second city firmly under opposition control

OSH, 23 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - The southern city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest, was being run by a so-called peoples' government on Wednesday, elected by protesters who have been in de facto control since Monday. The new "governor", Anvar Artykov, an ethnic Uzbek and a prominent opposition leader, has replaced the official governor, Kubanych Joldoshev. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Southern protests maintain momentum

OSH, 22 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - The provincial capital of Osh was returning to normal on Tuesday although protests and disturbances led by opposition supporters continued in the key city and in other parts of the south.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Pro-government demonstration in the capital

BISHKEK, 22 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - An estimated 10,000 people gathered in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek in support of President Askar Akayev on Tuesday as the south of the country slipped further under the control of opposition protesters.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Protesters seize government offices amid minimal resistance

OSH, 21 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Election protesters stormed or set fire to government buildings in two southern Kyrgyz cities on Monday, but met little resisitance from security forces, as demonstrators continued to call for the end of president Askar Akayev in what some observers are calling the genesis of a velvet revolution in authoritarian Central Asia.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Kyrgyzstan

KYRGYZSTAN: Focus on voter expectations

KYRGYZSTAN: Interview with the chair of national Uyghur society

KYRGYZSTAN: Interview with OSCE Ambassador Lubomir Kopaj

KYRGYZSTAN: Focus on gay and lesbian rights

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Demining around Uzbek enclaves brings hope to impoverished villagers


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