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Deposed Kyrgyz President flees to Kazakhstan

Kurmanbek Bakiyev left Kyrgyzstan today for Kazakhstan after large scale protest in the country forced him to flee from the Kyrgyz capital to his home village of Teyit.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev

Kurmanbek Bakiyev

Kazhakstan’s secretary of state and Foreign Minister called this “an important step” to stabilize Kyrgyzstan, thereby preventing conflicts in the country.

The whereabouts of Bakiyev’s brothers, whom Roza Otunbayeva, the interim President of Kyrgyzstan had refused security was not clear.

The Interfax news agency of Russia mentioned witnesses claimed the deposed president had boarded the plane without his brother. Bakiyev’s son, Maksim, is already away from Kyrgyzstan. Details about Bakiyev’s departure and its planning was also not known.

Earlier today, gunshots were heard in south Kyrgyzstan during a political rally held by the deposed Kyrgyz President. This attack caused no injuries, but Bakiyev took a car to leave the rally after the shots were heard. Read More…

Calm returns to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Three days after violent protests, which saw the deaths of 81 and injury to some 1600 people, calm has returned to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Following the protests which led to President Kurmanbek Bakiyev fleeing the capital, a self-styled interim government led by former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva was established last Thursday.

The interim government, Bakiyev, and his supporters, who are believed to be in the south of the country, are described as now being at a “first contacts” stage by OSCE envoy Zhanybek Karibzhanov. Read More…

Bakiyev is re-elected President of Kyrgyzstan

The election turnout was reported at 79.3%. As of 22:00 local time in Kyrgyzstan on 26 July, 2009 (with 2,282 of 2,330 polling districts reporting), Bakiev had won the election with 77.81% of the vote.

Earlier in the day (00:40 local time), the results showed the same number of districts reporting, but the numbers were significantly different, showing that Bakiev had won with 82.62% of the vote.

The day after the election the opposition has said it has planned more protests.

Despite initial hopes, Bakiyev’s term in office has been marred by the murder of several prominent politicians, prison riots, economic ills and battles for control of lucrative businesses. Read More…

Kyrgyzstan to close US base

A spokesman for the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan stated on Friday that its decision to close down a United States military base is “final”. The base is an important supply route for NATO and U.S. operations in nearby Afghanistan.

kyrgyzstan-location“The decision has been made,” said Kyrgyz spokesman Aibek Sultangaziyev. “The U.S. embassy and the [Kyrgyz] foreign ministry are exchanging opinions on this, but there are no discussions on keeping the base.”

The announcement contradicts statements from both Kyrgyzstan and the U.S. saying that talks about the base are still in progress. Read More…