Kyrgyzstan opposition forms own new government

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Opposition leaders in Kyrgyzstan say they have formed a new acting government in the Central Asian nation.

The announcement was made Wednesday on a state television channel that opposition members stormed and seized in the capital of Bishkek.

Temir Sariyev, an opposition party leader, told The Associated Press that a coalition of politicians had agreed on a new prime minister as well as a new interior minister and new security chief.

Officials say 40 people have been killed and more than 400 wounded Wednesday in clashes with police trying to quell the anti-government uprising.

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's Health Ministry says 40 people have died and more than 400 have been wounded in clashes with police trying to quell an anti-government uprising.

The main opposition leader in the former Soviet Central Asian nation said earlier Wednesday on national television that 100 protesters have been killed.

The unrest swept across several cities in this mountainous former Soviet nation, which houses a U.S. military base that is a key supply center in the fight against the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan.