(Kurmanbek Bakiyev - Tulips wilted)
Ever since the breakup of the former Soviet Union in 1991, former republics have been struggling with instability. The former Republic of Kyrgyzstan is no different. In 2005 (in fact, almost five years to the day on March 25, 2005) another toppling of the Kyrgyzstan government took place. Coming hot on the heels of a number of other reform movements in the region (Ukarine, Georgia) Kyrgyzstan staged The Tulip Revolution, named in part because the other republics in the region took the flower theme to characterize their reform movements; peaceful, non-violent transitions to more democratic forms of government. But the promises of the Tulip Revolution quickly evaporated and the regime of Kurmanbek Bakiyev slid into a Soviet style of rule, setting the country back a few decades.
So the revolution is back on the books, the opposition has taken over and at last report Parliament has been dissolved.
In strange similarity, I ran across reports via the BBC from March 25, 2005 covering the events of that particular government toppling and speculations over whether the region would ever see stability.
And for you purists, I am also including reports in Russian via Radio Mayak, also on March 25, 2005.
History repeats, but it's hardly ever boring.