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Kyrgyz opposition forms gov't, Bakiyev refuses to step down

2010-04-09 13:07 BJT

Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |


Kyrgyz opposition parties are claiming to have formed an interim coalition government.

Meanwhile President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is refusing to step down, following clashes that left at least 75 people dead and another 1,000 injured.

The interim government led by former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva says it will rule the country until elections are held in six months.

It is urging the president, who has fled the capital to southern Kyrgyzstan, to resign.

Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva gesture during a news conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva gesture during a news conference
in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, April 8, 2010.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)