March 24, 2005
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Opposition Takes Control of Kyrgyzstan (STEVE GUTTERMAN, 3/24/05, Associated Press) - President Askar Akayev fled Kyrgyzstan on Thursday after protesters stormed his headquarters, seized control of state television and rampaged through government offices, throwing computers and air conditioners out of windows.
A leading opponent of the Akayev regime, Felix Kulov, was freed from prison and praised the ``revolution made by the people.'' Kulov said Akayev had signed a letter of resignation, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
Members of the parliament that was in power before February's disputed election met Thursday night to discuss keeping order in the nation and conducting a new presidential vote, perhaps as early as May or June.
Sitting in Akayev's chair surrounded by supporters, opposition activist Ulan Shambetov praised the latest uprising to sweep a former Soviet republic.
``It's not the opposition that has seized power, it's the people who have taken power. The people. They have been fighting for so long against corruption, against that (Akayev) family,'' he said.
You knew that was coming when Vladimir Putin sided with the government. We should pay him to embrace Castro.