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Kyrgyzstan prison-to-presidency power grab proceeds as China frets

Expert sees 'Trump effect' behind Acting President Sadyr Japarov's rapid rise

Kyrgyzstan's new Acting President Sadyr Japarov speaks in parliament in Bishkek on Oct. 16, less than two weeks after he was sprung from jail.   © Reuters

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- October has been a tempestuous month for Kyrgyzstan, from the annulment of a rigged election to the resignation of a president and a nationalist politician's rise from a jail cell to the presidential office.

Now, Acting President Sadyr Japarov and his backers are looking at ways to consolidate his power, as Chinese and other investors watch warily.

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