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Kyrgyzstan crisis: PM flees country, Interior Minister killed

Last Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 00:15

Moscow: Kyrgyzstan`s Prime Minister Daniyar
Usenov has resigned with his entire cabinet tonight and has
fled to neighbouring Kazakhstan as anti-government protesters
seized the Parliament and clashed with security forces in
which at least 40 people were killed and over 400 injured.

Usenov signed his cabinet`s resignation and handed over
the powers to the leader of parliamentary opposition,
ex-Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva, Interfax news agency
reported from capital Bishkek.
Later in a statement Otunbayeva declared that the power
in this of Central Asian republic has been assumed by the
government of popular trust, RIA Novosti reported.

Since yesterday`s protests against President Bakiyev the
opposition has captured administration in Talas, Chui, Naryn
and Issyk-Kul regions in the north and west and are said to be
in control of several districts in Osh region in the south
loyal to Bakiyev.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has fled the country by air,
while Prime Minister Usenov left by road for Almaty in
neighbouring Kazakhstan with his security in several off-road
vehicles, Moscow-based Kommersant FM radio has confirmed.

Bakiyev left the country in a special aircraft which
took-off from Manas International Airport around 20.00 PM
(IST) for an undisclosed destination.

Russian agencies have reported that Bakiyev`s family
home has been ransacked and looted in the absence of any
security guards.

Meanwhile, the new interim government has appointed its
defence, security and interior ministers, who are trying to
restore law and order in the capital amid growing incidents of
looting by marauders.

The riots erupted as the agitators alleged corruption in
the administration and protested against the rise in power
prices recently.

The Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongatiyev was beaten to
death by the opposition protesters in the western town of
Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov declared a state of
emergency in an effort to contain the riots.

However shortly after emergency was declared, agitators
marched towards the Kyrgyz television centre, ransacked the
building and forced to halt all programmes. They also looted
the radio building and took the deputy prime minister Akylbek
Zhaparov hostage.

Protesters raised slogans like "Bakiyev out!" and "We
don`t want this rotten power."

"We consistently stand for all disagreements --
political, economic and social -- to be solved within the
framework of the democratic procedures that exist in
Kyrgyzstan, without the use of force and harm to the Kyrgyz
citizens," deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin told the
Interfax news agency earlier in the day.

The US which has an air base in Kyrgyzstan to aid NATO
forces in fight against Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan,
also expressed "deep concern" about the situation in this
former Soviet nation.

Meanwhile, media reports said a top Kyrgyz opposition
leader has claimed that around 100 were killed in the violence
and asked the government to hand over the administration to
the opposition.
Interior minister killed in Kyrgyzstan uprising

Opposition protesters killed Kyrgyzstan`s interior minister, took the deputy prime minister hostage and captured state TV in a deadly revolt on Wednesday against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades in repeated efforts to disperse thousands of protesters surrounding Bakiyev`s offices in the capital Bishkek, but retreated as demonstrators tried to ram the gates with an armoured vehicle.

A police source said that at least 12 people had been killed while agency reporters saw six bodies being carried out of the square near the presidential headquarters in Bishkek.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 00:15

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