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Opposition Supporters Rally In Southern Kyrgyzstan

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

The opposition demonstration in Jalal-Abad on April 10 drew an estimated 5,000 people.

BISHKEK -- Some 5,000 people have rallied in the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Jalal-Abad to demand the resignation of the national government in Bishkek.

Demonstrators at the peaceful rally held signs accusing the government of failing to keep its promises to issue low-interest loans to farmers and improve the economy.

Leaders of the opposition Ata-Jurt party, which lost its position as a ruling coalition party after the election of President Almazbek Atambaev in December, addressed the rally.

With reporting by AP