Ousted Kyrgyz President Seeks UN Invasion

New Govt Considers Arresting Bakiyev

Still in the southern portion of the country and still holding out hope for retaking power after last week’s outster, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev today appealed for a United Nations invasion to stabilize the nation and, presumably, return him to power.

Bakiyev warned that police and security forces have been “paralyzed” since last week’s protests, which ended with the police killing scores of Kyrgyz protesters and the protesters running Bakiyev and the rest of the ruling party out of office.

Roza Otunbayeva, the nation’s de facto leader, warned that her interim government could no longer guarantee Bakiyev’s safety and suggested that he might be subject to arrest for his actions.

The interim government is prepared to use force in the event that Bakiyev attempts to destabilize the situation,” warned deputy head Omurbek Tekebayev. Bakiyev has refused repeated calls to resign, as well as offers of safe passage out of the nation.

Author: Jason Ditz

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