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Member Of Kyrgyz Opposition Movement Arrested

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities have arrested another member of the opposition People's Parliament movement suspected of involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on August 1 that Toigonbek Kalmatov was detained on July 30.

Eight other opposition politicians have been arrested in the case since May, including People's Parliament leader Bekbolot Talgarbekov, a former agriculture minister, former judge Marat Sultanov, and a politician who has previously run for president, Torobai Kolubaev.

Authorities have said leaders and activists of the People's Parliament had planned to seize power during a rally in Bishkek in May.

The group had demanded President Almazbek Atambaev leave his post before May 17.

Kyrgyzstan has seen two governments overthrown, in 2005 and 2010.