Also, its worth noting that the opposition was never keen on the US's engagement with Bakiyev. However, I doubt that this would put the airbase in danger since the US pays quite well to keep it there.
08 April 2010
Looks like the opposition really did seize power yesterday. They have dissolved Parliament and set up a six month interim government headed by former foreign minister Rosa Otunbayeva. President (well, I guess former President) Bakiyev has not yet responded to demands for his resignation. I understand that the organs of democracy are cumbersome for a freshly born republic, but considering that the revolution only took two days (actually it was more like a protest that turned into a riot that turned into a revolution) it seems somewhat antithetical to the oppositions ethos to dissolve the institutions they are supposed to be strengthening. Couldn't they have at least kept it as an advisory body? I don't think this reveals any bad intentions but I do think it might be a mistake. Regardless, somebody needs to take responsibility and call a time out on all the rioting.
Posted by AR at 8.4.10