Opposition alliance headed by former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva on Thursday formed an interim government in Kyrgyzstan, dissolving parliament and asked the toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to quit as they shored up global diplomatic support for the new regime.
Announcing that they would run the turbulent Central Asian nation for six months, Otunbayeva said the new alliance proposed to hold new elections within this period.
She accused the deposed President, who fled the capital, of attempting to rally support in his southern stronghold.
“The opposition insists that he stands down,” Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister, told reporters during the first news
conference since the new provisional government took over the country on Wednesday.
Her warning to Bakiyev came as thousands of his supporters are converging in the central square of his home-town Jalal-Abad as the bloody uprising left a trail of 75 people killed and 500 injured.
In her first action, Otunbayeva designated the head of the interim government said that a US airbase outside the capital Bishkek, which is seen vital to the NATO campaign in nearby Afghanistan would remain open despite the shift in power. pti