Kyrgyz Campaign Begins
This BBC article gives a good overview of the situation, which neighboring states are monitoring closely. What's interesting is that at least one key opposition leader - Roza Otunbayeva, whose disqualification from standing for election gave rise to protests - is willing to settle for less than full democracy. At the same time, Akaev's new tactic is to warn of a civil war involving Islamic militants, perhaps meant to gain sympathy from Western powers. A nation somewhat tolerant of gay rights and prostitution might not seem like a prime haven for Islamic activism, but among conservatives that very openness might breed a backlash. However, I'm not aware of any militant activity actually taking place in the country.