U.S. contacts new Kyrgyz leaders

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The United States has stayed in touch with Kyrgyz leaders who took charge after a popular uprising caused the fall of the previous government.

"U.S. Ambassador Stephen Young met with (Kurmanbek) Bakiyev on the evening of March 24," said State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli in a statement issued Saturday. "Ambassador Young has been in regular telephone contact with him and other interim leaders."


Bakiyev took over as acting president and prime minister after the toppling of the previous government Thursday.

Also Saturday, Kyrgyzstan's parliament scheduled a presidential election for June 26 to replace longtime leader Askar Akayev, who reportedly fled to Moscow after opposition protesters seized government headquarters. Bakiyev said he plans to run.

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