Kyrgyzstan unrest

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Kyrgyzstan’s interim government has accused allies of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev of trying to stage a coup.

Several government buildings and an airport have been seized in the south, the former president’s political stronghold.

Problems started yesterday when around 1,000 people gathered in the capital Bishkek in the first major protest against the interim government since Bakiyev was deposed last month.

He fled the volatile Central Asian nation shortly afterwards and is currently in exile in Belarus.

The interim government has accused Bakiyev of corruption and nepotism during his five year rule.

It also alleges he gave the order for troops to open fire on crowds, resulting in dozens of fatalities.

Concerns about stability go beyond the country’s borders….it is home to both US and Russian military bases.

Both Washington and Moscow have expressed support for the interim government, which has promised to hold parliamentary elections in October.