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Ousted Kyrgyz President Leaves Country

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev left Kyrgyzstan on a plane for Kazakhstan today, an aide to the ousted leader has told the Reuters news agency.

As the wire service adds, that should end "a week-long standoff with his opponents who seized power in the capital," Bishkek.

The Associated Press adds that Bakiyev left his country "just hours after gunfire erupted at a rally where he was speaking to supporters."

As NPR's David Greene reported from Bishkek last week, Kyrgyzstan is important to the U.S. because of the American military base there that's used as a jumping-off point for operations in Afghanistan.