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Following a coup, bitter ethnic violence and skyrocketing food prices, Kyrgyzstan managed to hold a peaceful landmark election on Sunday that may very well establish the beleaguered country as the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

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It's been a rough year for Kyrgyzstan. There was the uprising in April that saw a new government take charge, followed by violent ethnic clashes in June, then by a mass flight of refugees. And now it culminates with food scarcity and soaring prices that affect a quarter of the population amid a broken trade and supply network.

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After an estimated 1,000 people died in violence in Kyrgyzstan two weeks ago, many are still asking "why?" Aside from blaming some organic propensity for violence between ethnic groups, The New York Times actually asked "why" and found complicity in both the Kyrgyz military and police forces.

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As ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan continued to brutalize the country, interim leader Rosa Otunbayeva paid her first visit there and expressed fear that the death toll could reach 2,000 in the former Soviet republic.

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After last week's deadly conflict in Kyrgyzstan, officials are zeroing in on the possibility that the riots were the product of a coordinated group effort and preparing for the possibility that more trouble may be on the way.

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Ethnic violence erupted in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 46 people and injuring hundreds more as the interim national government imposed a state of emergency in the region on Friday.

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Only days after a bloody uprising brought a new government to Kyrgyzstan, interim leader Roza Otunbayeva has pledged to the US that her country will honor a deal allowing the U to operate a key military base there.

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Although he fled the capital city of Bishkek on Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan’s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Thursday from an unknown locale that he wasn't stepping down, despite the apparent takeover of the Krgyz government by opposition politicians, according to The New York Times.

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