Kyrgyzstan: Ex-president rearrested as new prime minister named

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Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president has been rearrested as the country’s incumbent leader tries to shore up his power after days of unrest over a disputed election.

The central Asian country has banned rallies and imposed a curfew in the capital due to unrest after last Sunday’s parliamentary election. The president’s predecessor has been rearrested after being freed by protesters.

The state security service said it had detained former President Almazbek Atambayev on charges of inciting unrest.

Atambayev received an 11-year jail sentence in June for corruption and abuse of office — charges that he and his supporters say were trumped up.


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