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Kyrgyzstan Tense as Groups Vie for Power

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Kyrgyzstan Tense as Groups Vie for Power

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Kyrgyzstan Tense as Groups Vie for Power

Kyrgyzstan Tense as Groups Vie for Power

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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.