Kyrgyz opposition seizes power, dissolves parliament | ReutersKyrgyzstan's opposition said on Thursday it had taken power and dissolved parliament in the poor and strategically important Central Asian state after a bloody uprising forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital...
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Otunbayeva had told him by telephone she was in full control of the country and he saw her as "the new head of government."
That Russian Prime Minister Putin had spoken to Ms. Otunbayeva suggests that Russia has recognized the new government. There is no word whether any U.S. officials have spoken with her at this time.
It remains to be seen whether Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the toppled dictator, will attempt a counterrevolution. However, with Russia now recognizing the new government, prospects for a successful counterrevolution are probably fairly low.
In the meantime, the new government has indicated that it will honor all of Kyrgyzstan's international commitments. Finally, the new government indicated that it would remain in power for 6 months, a possible hint that elections will follow.