Supporters of interim gov't, Bakiyev clash in southern Kyrgyzstan

14:49, May 14, 2010      

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Ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev gestures during a news conference in Minsk April 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Supporters of the Kyrgyz interim government and ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev clashed on Friday in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad, the RIA news agency reported.

The clashes came after hundreds of supporters of Bakiyev, who has been forced into exile in Belarus, seized government buildings in the southern cities of Osh, Batken and Jalalabad Thursday.

Supporters of the interim government have regained control of the local government building in Osh, reports said.

Kyrgyz interim government said on Friday that Usen Sedegov, a former advisor to Bakiyev, and Communist Party leader Iskhak Masaliyev were behind the occupation of three regional government buildings in the south of the country.

But Masaliyev at a press conference in Bishkek denied any involvement in the seizure of government buildings.

Source: Xinhua
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