Kyrgyzstanâ€™s March 2005 â€˜Tulip Revolution,â€™ was not really a revolution, but resulted in its President, Askar Akayev, fleeing the country. For several days there was a political vacuum and the streets seem to rule. An interim President stepped in and there was hope that clean elections could be held in July. In June there were several episodes of political-economic violence, including the assassination of an MP and businessman considered close to the ousted Akayev. To many it seemed that the countryâ€™s new political elite was attempting to grab the economic assets and wealth that the Akayev regime and friends had â€˜accumulatedâ€™ during his reign in power. People took to the streets in protest, and the government responded with violence.