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Kyrgyz protesters seize local administrative building

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Protesters in Kyrgyzstan have seized a governmental building in the city of Talas, local government representative said.

Protesters in Kyrgyzstan have seized a governmental building in the city of Talas, local government representative said.

"About 1,000 protesters entered the building of the local government in Talas to meet with the governor, however, he deserted the building," the spokesman said. "At the moment, people are inside the building."

He said the protesters want to elect a "people's" governor.

Kyrgyzstan, where Russia and the United States both have military bases, has been in a state of constant instability since the current President Kurmanbek Bakiyev came to power after the so-called tulip revolution, toppling his long-serving predecessor Askar Akayev in 2005.

The opposition has accused Bakiyev of tightening his grip on power while failing to bring stability and economic growth. His party won most seats in parliament in the early December 2007 election after two years of political upheaval.

BISHKEK, April 6 (RIA Novosti)

 

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