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."
The Tulip Revolution
ONE YEAR AGO: Click on the image to view RFE/RL's archive of coverage of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution from the beginning, including biographical sketches of the key players and photo galleries of the demonstrations.
See RFE/RL's special review of the March 2005 Kyrgyz events:
THE COMPLETE KYRGYZSTAN: To view an archive of all of RFE/RL's coverage of Kyrgyzstan, click here.