Officials have revealed that voters in violence-wracked Kyrgyzstan Sunday approved a new constitution limiting presidential power and creating a parliamentary republic.
Radio Free Europe has reported that about two-thirds of voters turned out with no apparent violence two weeks after ethnic clashes killed at least 278 people in southern Kyrgyzstan and forced another estimated 400,000 people, mostly ethnic Uzbeks, from their homes in the region.
According to the reports, the former president of Kyrgyzstan, accused of initiating deadly riots in the country, in turn blames drug dealers and religious extremists for the violence.
RIA Novosti has said that Kurmanbek Bakiyev, ousted as president during opposition protests in April and now in exile in Belarus, has strongly denied any connection to the riots between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks that broke out in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh on June 11.
Officials have said that supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev seized three government buildings on Thursday in southern Kyrgyzstan.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti has reported that they demanded the return of provincial administrators replaced by the new government in Bishkek.
First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev said on Thursday that a partition of Kyrgyzstan would be "absurd."
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti has reported that Atambayev, appearing on a television call-in show, responded to supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. They demanded the creation of a separate South Kyrgyz Republic.
The provisional government, headed by Roza Otunbayeva, will never agree to divide the country, the minister said.
Moscow/Bishkek - The head of the secret service in the central-Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has said that the country should re-introduce the death penalty, in a bid to stem rising criminality and extremism, the Ria Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.
Murat Sutalinov added his voice to that of secretary of the Kyrgyz security council Adahan Madumarov, in calling for the reintroduction of capital punishment, which had been abolished in 2007.
Kosh-Korgon (Kyrgyzstan), Aug. 18 : Some Central Asians are reported to have acquired training from the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan and are now spreading Islamic radicalism in the region.
Kyrgyz security services recently tracked down three locals soon after their arrival. They stormed a building along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border where they were staying, killed two of them, while a third blew himself up.
Bishkek/Moscow - Police in in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday arrested dozens of people protesting the outcome of last week's presidential elections, media reports said.
The opposition supporters took to the streets to protest alleged widespread fraud in last week's elections that returned President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to office and to call for an annulment of the vote, according to the Interfax news agency.
More than 50 of the estimated 100 demonstrators were arrested.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev is set to coast toward a second term Friday amid allegations of irregularities in Kyrgyzstan's presidential elections.
The Central Election Commission said in the capital, Bishkek, that Bakiyev, 59, was receiving more than 90 per cent of the votes with about one-third of the ballots from Thursday's election counted.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Voting began Thursday morning in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election amid opposition fears of manipulation in favour of incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who is pitted against five competitors.
Observers said they expected Bakiyev, who was elected four years ago after a popular uprising that forced then-president Askar Akayev to flee the country, to win re-election in the Central Asian republic by a large margin.
The 59-year-old warned the opposition against attempting to destabilize the impoverished nation.
New York - The United Nations mission in Georgia was ordered to leave that country on Tuesday after Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to extend the mission's mandate.
Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vetoed the draft resolution supported by Germany, Austria, Croatia, France, Turkey, Britain and the United States, capping months of intense fighting between Moscow and countries that supported Georgia's independence.
Moscow/ Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Several thousand people gathered in a nationwide protest Friday of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev ahead of elections in July.
"Our goal is for honest and transparent elections, and as a result to elect a man who will have the trust of his people," opposition leader Temur Sariev told crowds of over 1,000 in Bishkek, news agency Interfax reported.
Moscow/Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Friday set early presidential elections for July 23, timing that observers say hands the advantage to incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
Bakiyev, who came to power on the back of popular protest dubbed the Tulip revolution in 2005, announced last month he would seek a second term.
The former hero of the revolution was elected to a four-year term, but that was amended in the constitution to five. But with the declaration last month that new elections should take place in 2010, Bakiyev sparked public debate on the question.
Bishkek, Moscow - Kyrgyzstan's parliament approved on Thursday the closure of a US air base on its territory, which has been crucial for supplying US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The decision was overwhelmingly passed with 78 votes for and 1 vote against, Russian news agencies reported. It comes one day after US President Barack Obama ordered 17,000 more forces to Afghanistan to combat a growing Taliban insurgency.
Moscow/Bishkek - A 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday killed up to 58 people, reported the US Geological Survey and Interfax news agency.
The quake hit at 15:52 GMT Sunday near the Chinese and Tajik borders, with the epicentre 55 kilometres east-south-east of Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan at a depth of 35 kilometres.
The Civil Ministry said 58 people were killed, according to Interfax news agency. (dpa)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan/Moscow - At least 65 people are believed dead in the crash of an Itek Air Boeing 737 passenger liner shortly after takeoff from Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the Kyrgyz authorities said early Monday.
The ill-fated airliner, bound for Tehran, was completely consumed by fire, according to the Civil Defence Ministry.
Tokon Mamitov, an advisor to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, announced the revised death toll, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.
Nine medical workers, who due to their negligence were responsible to infect 24 children with the virus of HIV, have been convicted by a court in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan.
All from one hospital, three doctors have been sentenced to three years of jail for causing infection through negligence. Another six medical workers were not found guilty and thus the charges against them were dropped.
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