Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev speaking on the first anniversary of the 'Tulip Revolution,' on March 24 (RFE/RL)
PRAGUE, March 24, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev marked the first anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted his predecessor by saying that Kyrgyzstan is now a different country and that it will not return "to totalitarianism and state corruption, and there will be no injustice."
One year ago today, crowds in Bishkek stormed the presidential building and chased former President Askar Akaev from power. Akaev fled first to Kazakhstan then to Russia, where he remains.
Bakiev became acting president and was elected to the post in early presidential elections in July.
Bakiev also promised to improve economic conditions.
In comments made on March 24, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch also emphasized economic issues, calling on Bakiev to start political and economic reforms "so that Kyrgyzstan's future will be assured."