Speaking at a press conference in Bishkek on Thursday, the new Kyrgyz leader — and former foreign minister — Roza Otunbayeva announced she would take control of Kyrgyzstan and rule for six months before allowing free elections.
Somewhere, the seat of the government burned, the old President hadn’t formally resigned, and the 500+ wounded were being tended to. (68 are already dead.) But the army had switched over to Roza’s side, which had dissolved parliament and is still trying to figure out how to work the country’s finances.
In the middle of this, Otunbayeva made sure to send a don’t-worry martini over to the Americans, who had been worrying about their very expensive and very convenient air base at Manas. “Its status quo will remain in place,” she said. “We still have some questions on it. Give us time and we will listen to all the sides and solve everything.”
A good primer on who she is here.
UPDATE: Vladimir Putin recognizes the new Kyrgyz leader on behalf of Russia.