posted on: Wednesday April 14, 2010
Kevin Cassidy ’11 / World Staff
Roza Otunbayeva, the acting head of the Kyrgyzstan government, said that Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev will be offered safe passage into exile if he resigns. According to The New York Times on April 9, Mr. Bakiyev fled the country last Wednesday, April 7, but has made threats of re-establishing the government shortly. Many sources have informed news agencies that Bakiyev is traveling with a security detail in the southern parts of the country where many of his relatives of homes. He told BBC on Thursday, April 8, that he will remain in the southern part of the country to avoid being killed if he were to return to the north.Despite Bakiyev’s claims that he will re-establish the government, the new government led by Otunbayeva has already installed governors in the cities of Jalalabad and Osh in the southern part of the country.Early last week, approximately 75 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded when riot police opened fire at anti-government demonstrators forcing President Bakiyev to flee for the southern part of the country.