Xinhua Profiles Bakiyev

by Laurence on 3/27/2005 · 1 comment

From Xinhua – China View:

Bakiyev was forced to resign on May 22, 2002 after deadly clashes with opposition protesters in the south, the worst violence in the country since 1990 fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the southern city of Osh.

After his resignation, Bakiyev moved over to the opposition, becoming leader of the People’s Movement of Kyrgyzstan and leading protests against this year’s poll, in which he lost his seat in the March run-off.

He is popular both in his native south and among the ethnic Russian workforce, who form the backbone of industry, and intellectuals in the north

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