19 May 2010 18:35

State of emergency declared in violence-rocked south Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK. May 19 (Interfax) - Kyrgyzstan's interim government on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Jalal-Abad and the Suzak district in the Jalal-Abad region because of sustained violence there.

The state of emergency, to be in effect until June 1, includes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., the government said in a decree.

The government ordered Interior Minister Bakyt Alymbekov to oversee the enforcement of the state of emergency thought the period it will be in effect.

The government also ordered Alymbekov and acting Defense Minister Ismail Isakov, who is the special commissioner for the south, to make use of any military, police or border guard personnel or materiel that may be necessary in enforcing the state of emergency and "take exhaustive measures" to prevent riots and "manage the aftermath."