UPDATED: Kyrgyzstan opposition forms own new government

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - Opposition leaders in Kyrgyzstan say they have formed a new acting government in the central Asian nation.

The announcement was made Wednesday on a state television channel that opposition members stormed and seized in the capital of Bishkek.

Temir Sariyev, an opposition party leader, told the Associated Press that a coalition of politicians had agreed on a new Prime Minister as well as a new Interior Minister and new Security Chief.

Officials say 40 people have been killed and more than 400 wounded Wednesday in clashes with police trying to quell the anti-government uprising.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The main opposition leader in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has said on national television that 100 protesters have been killed in clashes with police trying to quell an anti-government uprising. The government issued no immediate comment on the claim.

The unrest is rocking this mountainous former Soviet Nation, which houses a U.S. military base that is a key supply center in the fight against the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan.

Thousands of protesters have stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor's office and looted state TV headquarters. The government has said at least 17 people were killed and at least 180 wounded in clashes.

After taking over state TV the opposition also said that it was negotiating with the President and demanding he step down. Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the claim.

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