Thursday, March 17, 2005
Well, actually there's chaos only in parts of Kyrgyzstan, where protests continue in the wake of recent Parliamentary elections. The recent highlight seems to be in the southern city of Talas, where protestors held a governor hostage while demanding a new election. While some opposition leaders in the country are focused on Akayev and the Presidency, much of the action seems local and not really tied to broad movements. Also, as Nathan Hamm notes, the opposition is led by government cronies who fell from favor. Will Akayev try to play on their divisions by letting some back into favor while suppressing the rest?