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Kyrgyzstan's Information

Flag of Kyrgyzstan
Land Area 191,801 km2
Water Area 8,150 km2
Total Area 199,951km2 (#85)
Population 5,727,553 (#114)
Population Density 29.86/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $21.01 Billion
GDP Per Capita $3,500
Currency Som (KGS)
Largest Cities
2000s continued
  • (2005) President Bakiyev effectively ended the death penalty by extending a moratorium it until its planned abolition
  • (2006) Omurbek Tekebayev, Parliament speaker, resigned after dispute with president, became new opposition leader
  • (2006) President Bakiyev threatened to expel American troops from Kyrgyzstan unless the U.S. agreed to pay more in rent
  • (2006) Thousands of demonstrators in Bishkek demanded government undertake promised constitutional reforms
  • (2006) Kyrgyzstan and U.S. resolved payment dispute that had threatened the future of the U.S. military base near Bishkek
  • (2006) President Bakiyev signed new constitution limiting his powers; Prime Minister Kulov resigned
  • (2006) Government resigned due to dispute with Parliament
  • (2007) Parliament rejected President Bakiyev's bid to reinstate Felix Kulov as prime minister
  • (2007) Azim Isabeko became prime minister
  • (2007) Government resigned, Almaz Atabayev named prime minister
  • (2007) Police used stun guns and tear gas in Bishkek to end protests demanding President Bakiyev's resignation
  • (2007) Medical reports confirmed poisoning of Prime Minister Almaz Atabayev with an unknown origin
  • (2007) Voters approved constitutional changes
  • (2007) President Bakiyev dissolved parliament and called for new elections
  • (2007) President's party won most seats in election, opposition accused government of rigging the votes
  • (2007) Igor Chudinov named prime minister
  • (2008) 75 killed in earthquake in Osh province
  • (2009) After Russia offered more than $2 billion in loans and other aid, President Bakiyev announced closure of U.S. air base at Manas
  • (2009) U.S. agreed to pay triple the annual rent, President Bakiyev signed new law allowing a continued use of the base for supporting troops in Afghanistan
  • (2009) President Bakiyev reelected
  • (2009) Russia allowed to open second military base
  • (2009) Officials called for death penalty to be reinstated and public executions could be carried out
  • (2009) Prime Minister and government resigned after President announced sweeping reforms
  • (2009) Daniyar Usenov appointed prime minister
  • (2010) Anti-government protests in Bishkek caused deaths of 83 people
  • (2010) President Bakiyev resigned
  • (2010) Opposition leaders formed interim government headed by Roza Otunbayeva, former foreign minister
  • (2010) Bakiyev left country, was given refuge in Belarus
  • (2010) Roza Otunbayeva became interim president
  • (2010) Clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities killed more than 200, hundreds of thousands fled
  • (2010) Voters approved new constitution which reduced powers of president, turned Kyrgyzstan into parliamentary republic
  • (2010) Roza Otunbayeva sworn in as caretaker president
  • (2010) Almazbek Atambayev named prime minister
  • (2011) Budget constraints forced officials to shoot over 10,000 stray dogs in Bishkek
  • (2011) Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev won presidential election
  • (2011) Four political parties agreed to form broad coalition government in order to create stability
  • (2012) NATO given permission to use Kyrgyzstan for evacuating vehicles and military equipment from Afghanistan
  • (2012) New government collapsed after one of the coalition partners defected
  • (2013) Former President Bekiyev and two sons were sentenced in absentia to long prison terms for corruption and abuse of office
  • (2013) Protesters blockaded Centerra, a Canadian-owned goldmine, demanded the mine be nationalized and the company to provide more benefits
  • (2013) Lawmakers voted to end agreement with U.S. for the $60 million annual lease at Manas in June 2014
  • (2014) Russia's energy company, Gazprom, bought KyrgyGaz energy for $1 plus assumed the $40 million debt
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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