Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Revisited
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March 24, 2005 Tulip Revolution

After almost two weeks of large-scale protests throughout the country, crowds storm the presidential palace, then liberate a leading opposition figure, Feliks Kulov, from prison. President Askar Akayev flees. Kyrgyzstan is left without a legitimate government; law-enforcement is temporarily disabled. Looting of allegedly Akayev's property begins. Businessmen will later report that, on the night of March 25, they incurred a cumulative damage of $25 million.

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Akayev Administration Collapses in Kyrgyzstan, Sending Tremors Across Central Asia
March 28, 2005 - New Parliament, New Politics

The Central Election Committee confirms the new parliament's legitimacy. For several prior days, the old two-chamber parliament and the new unicameral legislature, elected in allegedly fraudulent polls on February 27 and March 13, have been meeting in the same building. Opposition leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a former prime minister who previously sided with the old parliament, now supports the new one. The new parliament appoints him interim prime minister.

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Provisional Government Strives to Bring Order to Kyrgyzstan's Political Mess

April 7, 2005 - Land Grab

Squatters appear in Bishkek, occupying undeveloped plots of land. Within a week, their number reaches several thousand; some try to occupy Bishkek's botanical garden. On April 10, Usen Kudaibergenov, a stuntman who had been attempting to stop the illegal seizure of land in Bishkek, is shot dead in his home. On March 25, together with opposition leader Feliks Kulov, Kudaibergenov had organized volunteer detachments in Bishkek to fight looters.

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Kyrgyz Revolution: Taking a Turn in an Unpredictable Direction
April 11, 2005 - Kulov Cleared

Parliament accepts former President Askar Akayev's resignation, submitted on April 4, and sets a new date for presidential elections: July 10. The Supreme Court acquits Feliks Kulov on charges of corruption brought by the former regime. Kulov has already resigned as Kyrgyzstan's security coordinator; the acquittal clears the way for him to run for president.

From the Archives:
Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election Comes into Focus as Kulov Declares Candidacy
May 13, 2005 - Tandem Times

Kulov drops plans to run for president, accepting instead Bakiyev's offer to create a political partnership, officially billed as a "tandem." He had earlier rejected the possibility of running on a joint ticket. Two other candidates withdraw their bids for president.
June 1, 2005 - Supreme Court Sound and Fury

Some 300 people storm Bishkek's Supreme Court building, occupied by 50 protesters who object to the results of the February-March parliamentary elections and court rejections of appeals by five defeated candidates. The protesters continue to gather in front of the building for the following week. They demand the resignation of the Supreme Court chairman and judges appointed by ex- President Akayev.
June 13, 2005 - Mob Justice

Some 200 people attempt to storm a hotel in the southern city of Osh in response to the June 10 murder of MP Jyrgalbek Surabaldiyev in Bishkek. Shooting breaks out; at least two people are wounded. The protesters claim the hotel owner, MP Bayaman Erkinbayev, head of the Kyrgyz Olympic Committee, is behind the Surabaldiyev shooting. Surabaldiyev, owner of a large secondhand car market, and the head of the Union of Entrepreneurs, was widely suspected of having had criminal ties.

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Lawlessness Grows in Kyrgyzstan as Presidential Election Looms
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