Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Revisited
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June 17, 2005 - White House Stormed

Over 100 supporters of a presidential candidate, businessman Urmatbek Baryktabasov, disqualified on the grounds that he holds Kazakh citizenship, storm the government building in Bishkek. After clashes with protesters, leading to death of one law-enforcement officer, police reclaim the building. Acting President Bakiyev blames the incident on supporters of ousted President Akayev. On June 19, former Parliamentary Speaker Mukar Cholponbayev is arrested in connection with the incident.

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July 11, 2005 - A New President

Acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is declared the winner in the July 10 presidential election. He has won about 89 percent of the votes, a result later ratified by the Constitutional Court. On the same day, Bakiyev calls for negotiations on US use of the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. Two days later, Russia announces its plans to double its own military presence in the Kyrgyz town of Kant.

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July 27, 2005 - Gold Mine Blockade

About 300 protesters block the only road leading to Kyrgyzstan's largest gold mine, Kumtor, demanding compensation for the 1998 pollution of a local river with cyanide by an overturned truck carrying chemicals. They rally until, on August 3, acting Prime Minister Feliks Kulov orders the creation of a state commission to analyze the damage and see what compensation has already been paid. The company launches new environment-protection programs in the region.
August 15, 2005 - Kulov Named Prime Minister

After his inauguration on August 14, President Bakiyev nominates Feliks Kulov as acting prime minister. Kulov's appointment, planned for August 29, is delayed by the parliament, as the President fails to formally introduce the candidate. The parliament approves the nomination on September 1.
September 19, 2005 - Prosecuting the Akayevs

Parliament strips Aidar Akayev, son of ex-President Askar Akayev, of his immunity from prosecution. Earlier, General Prosecutor Azimbek Beknazarov filed three criminal charges against Akayev. His sister, Bermet, saw her immunity revoked in May. President Bakiyev dismisses Beknazarov on September 19. Beknazarov will later say he was "defeated by corruption," which he had tried to fight.
September 21, 2005 - Second MP Murder

MP Bayaman Erkinbayev, head of the Kyrgyz Olympic Committee, is shot dead in Bishkek. Bakiyev claims that the killing was the work of a criminal group; some analysts link it to the murder of parliamentarian Jyrgalbek Surabaldiyev in April. Others call it a political murder. An attempt on Erkinbayev's life was previously made in April. In response, on September 23, parliamentarians pass a law allowing them to carry guns.

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