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Although the volatile politics of Kyrgyzstan rarely garner headlines in the U.S., more than five dozen American families are keeping close tabs on developments here. Each wants to adopt a young orphan from this small republic in Central Asia. For three years now, they've watched from places like Atlanta, Georgia, and Stockton, California, as Kyrgyzstan has undergone a violent revolution, a deadly outbreak of ethnic conflict, and a rocky transition to democracy.
Polls closed Sunday in the poor but strategically important Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan as citizens turned out to elect a new parliament, after a year that has seen the president flee the country and ethnic riots that left hundreds dead.
The nice thing about people new to power is they haven't yet learned the pretensions of state. When we arrived at the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry to interview Roza Otunbayeva, the chairwoman of the interim government, no one checked our identities, there were no metal detectors, and no one frisked us or checked our equipment.
Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who hadn't appeared in public since last week's anti-government riots in the capital, is calling on his supporters to mobilize, a major Russian network reported.
Demonstrators in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan have seized that country's seat of government and forced the country's long-time president to flee his office, political observers and reporters in the nation's capital of Bishkek tell CNN.