New Kyrgys president to close US base
Kyrgyzstan’s President-elect Almazbek Atambayev has called for the closure of the United States’ airbase at Manas in his Central Asian republic.
“I don’t think the base at Manas guarantees the security of our country,” he said at his first press conference after preliminary presidential election results were announced on Sunday. Kyrgyzstan could set up a transport hub for Afghanistan for “passage of civilian traffic, maybe together with Russia,” Atambayev added.
With 99.96 percent of the ballots counted on Sunday, Atambayev won the election with 63.24 percent of the vote.