JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Some 200 people gathered today to protest the dismissal of the mayor of the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
Supporters of Maksatbek Jeenbekov staged a rally on the square in front of the Jalal-Abad municipal administration building.
Protesters set up a traditional yurt on the square and demanded that Jeenbekov be restored to his position.
The mayor was dismissed after it was discovered that in addition to being a Kyrgyz citizen, he also has a Russian passport.
Deputy Prime Minister Ibragim Junusov arrived in Jalal-Abad today to hold talks with Jeenbekov.
Jalal-Abad, the country's third-largest city with some 70,000 people, was the site of deadly clashes last summer between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.