Kyrgyz Opposition Forms New Government

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BISHKEK, April 8 (Xinhua) - Kyrgyz opposition parties Thursday formed an interim coalition government led by Roza Otunbayeva to replace the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who has fled to southern Kyrgyzstan after a day of bloody unrest in the capital.

Otunbayeva announced the formation of the new government at a news conference inside the parliament building, saying she would be prime minister.

The new governing body would fulfil the duties of the president and the government and rule the Central Asian nation of five million for six months before calling new elections, she said.

She said the opposition was looking for Bakiyev to discuss power transition but had failed to establish contact with him and his whereabouts remained unknown.

The governor of the southern Kyrgyz state of Jalalabad told Ferghana news agency, a Kyrgyz agency registered in Russia, that Bakiyev, who was first elected as president in 2005 and reelected in 2009, had resigned.

Bakiyev, who was born in 1949 in Jalalabad state, fled to southern Kyrgyzstan after the presidential palace in Bishkek was stormed and occupied by opposition supporters Wednesday night.

Otunbayeva said the Kyrgyzstan-U.S. contract on a U.S. military base in her country would not be affected for the moment by the regime change.

"Its status quo will remain in place," she said. "Give us time and we will listen to all the sides and solve everything."

Meanwhile, another opposition leader, former defense minister Ismail Isakov, told reporters all senior officials of the Bakiyev government had been banned from leaving the country.

Isakov also said the new government had won the support of the military and the interior ministry.

The health minister of the interim government said 74 people had been killed and 530 others injured in the unrest.

Full coverage on Kyrgyzstan events in this special report.

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