Bishrek, Kyrgyzstan (Apr 08) – The opposition party led by Roza Otunbayeva declared they have taken control of security headquarters, state television, and various government buildings declaring control of the government.
Roza Otunbayeva has called for President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to resign, and stated she planned to run an interim government for at least the next six months with plans of drafting a new constitution.
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been said to have fled south to Jalal-Abad to take refuge.
Looters are ransacking government buildings which, from the newly self declared leaders stand-point she should put down for, with the equipment being stolen running a “new” government will become very tough.
The Kremlin has released a statement regarding support for the newly formed government as they have expressed frustration with the disposed leadership.
U.S. officials are attempting to hold a meeting with the new government to discuss the continued support for the use of the Manas air base, a key staging point for support operations in Afghanistan.
Amongst rising energy prices, water rates, and extremely high unemployment, the latest spike in prices caused a backlash that drove thousands to the streets to protest.
Conflicting reports are stating President Bakiyev position on this; some reports have him in his home region trying to rally support, and his statements of refusal to resign to the statements regarding just the opposite that he was in negotiations regarding his resignation.
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