Kyrgyzstan Tense as Groups Vie for Power

The streets of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, were quiet for the first time in several days, following the exile of President Askar Akayev and competition among factions hoping to rise to power in the former Soviet state.

But tensions remain high in the impoverished Central Asian country, with two parliaments claiming legitimacy. NPR's Ivan Watson is in Bishkek.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.