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    Kyrgyzstan moves to shut US-run Manas air base Friday, April 9, 2010 Press TV
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      Kyrgyzstan moves to shut US-run Manas air base
      Friday, April 9, 2010
      Press TV
      http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/kyrgyzstan-moves-to-shut-us-run-manas-air-base/


      Kyrgyzstan's new leaders have said they intend to remove a US
      military base, which currently serves as the premier air mobility hub
      for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, from their soil.

      The interim government led by ex-foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva,
      has said it wants the US base, Manas, closed down for security reasons.

      The remarks came amid growing uncertainty over whether the new Kyrgyz
      authorities would allow the US to use the base.

      Russia, which itself maintains an air base at Kant, just 20 miles
      from Manas, has been keen to block US military presence in the region.
      Moscow has been increasingly concerned about US military's prolonged
      presence in the geo-strategically important Region.

      This is while the opposition has taken power and dissolved the
      parliament. Otunbayeva has promised a new constitution and a
      presidential election at some point in the next six months. She says a
      care-taker government will serve as both presidency and parliament for
      now.

      The ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has refused oppositions
      demands to resign. Meanwhile, protestors in the capital Bishkek have
      demolished and burned the house of the toppled president.

      The opposition claims to be in full control of the capital, the armed
      forces and the media. Earlier, the interim government allowed police to use firearms and shoot looters across the Kyrgyz capital. Wednesday's unrest that toppled the government claimed at least 75 lives with over 1000 others injured.

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