Saturday, April 10, 2010
Turmoil and Anarchy in Kyrgyzstan
In a violent protest in which about seventy people were killed, the Kyrgyz opposition party took control of the government of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled to the south of the country. The opposition party set up an interim government and demands the resignation of Bakiyev, which he refuses to do.
The opposition party says that the interim government will be in place for six months, after which normal elections will ensue. Morever, the opposition party justified its action based on outstanding corruption by the Bakiyev government which has become "unbearable" and detoriating conditions in the country.
The FDA is concerned about the coup by the opposition party. Interestingly, western governments such as the US have not taken sides nor have they criticized the violent takeover of power. The US is leasing a military base in the country, which it is using to help supply its troops in Afghanistan.
The FDA wants to know why the opposition did not take power through the ballot box or the voice of the people? As it stands, the Kyrgz opposition does not represent the people of Kyrgyzstan.
In six months, the self-proclaimed interim government may cement its grip on power, which may further descend the country along a path away from a people's democracy. In 2001, the pro-US Afghanistan government was formed in a similar manner.
Video of Ousted President Bakiyev
Global Politics of Kyrgystan
Video of Opposition Leader, Roza Otunbayeva
Kyrgyz President Asked to Step Down