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Kyrgyz security forces detain ex-president Atambayev: Ifax

Kyrgyzstan's former President Almazbek Atambayev and former Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov attend a rally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

(Reuters) - Kyrgyz security forces detained former president Almazbek Atambayev on Saturday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported citing a member of Atambayev’s political party.

Atambayev’s supporters had secured his release from prison where he was serving a lengthy sentence on corruption charges amid unrest which toppled the Central Asian nation’s government on Tuesday.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov, Editing by William Maclean

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