Saturday, March 19, 2005

Osh Quriltai

One day after seizing control of the regional administrative building, protestors in the Kyrgyz city of Osh have set up a people's council to serve as an alternate regional government. Both Roza Otenbaeva, the former diplomat, and former Prime Minister Kurmanbek Bakiev were involved, though the chairman is one Anvar Artykov of the "Fatherland" party. Such council have previously been set up in Jalal-Abad and Bishkek. Despite the election showing - or perhaps because of it - the Kyrgyz opposition remains far from dead. Perhaps some Western media could, like, fly to Bishkek and cover it?


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