Kyrgyz opposition forms new government

2010-04-08 19:42 BJT

Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |

The opposition in Kyrgzstan says it has taken power, and formed a new government. The move comes after a full day of clashes between police and protesters. Interim authorities say 75 people were killed, and more than 1000 others injured. The whereabouts of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev remain unknown, after he fled the capital.

In the wake of the unrest, neighboring Uzbekistan has closed its border with Kyrgyzstan.

A new day follows the bloody unrest in Kyrgyzstan.

The scars from Wednesday's clashes can be seen everywhere in Bishkek ... especially at the Presidential Palace.

Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva dissolved the nation's Parliament on Thursday, saying she will lead an interim government. She added that the new authorities now control nearly the entire country.

Roza Otunbayeva said, "Both the National Security Service, and the Interior Ministry, are already under the management of new people. We had to take control here, because the question of security is an issue of top priority."

The interim government will stay in place for six months, and draft a new constitution to ensure fair elections. But its first job is managing the economy.