Thursday, March 24, 2005

PEOPLE POWER - Protesters oust Kyrgyz government

Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev has resigned and President Askar Akayev has left Kyrgyzstan, a top opposition leader said today, hours after protesters seized control of the presidential and government headquarters.

Eyewitnesses to the protests...
Opp leader released from jail
Pictures from Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyz president Akayev reportedly signs resignation. As smoke rose from presidential compound stormed by opposition, Moscow sources also say he fled Bishkek with family aboard helicopter bound for Kazakhstan.

Thousands of protesters alleging election fraud also invaded TV building amid clashes with Akayev supporters and mounted police. Former PM Bakiev promised new elections as rioters released main opposition leader Felix Kulov from prison. Earlier, opposition seized southern cities.