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Kyrgyzstan set for more unrest ahead of November elections

Detention of opposition leader sparks widespread protests against 'repression'

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Supporters of detained opposition politician Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of the Ata Meken party, hold a rally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Feb. 26.   © Reuters

BISHKEK -- Protests have rocked Kyrgyzstan after the controversial arrest and detention on Feb. 26 of Omurbek Tekebayev, leader of Ata Meken, the country's main opposition party.

Observers say the move is intended to remove a key critic of President Almazbek Atambayev and the ruling Social Democratic Party ahead of presidential elections due in November. It has also raised concerns that political repression could escalate over the next few months, as it has in the run up to past elections.

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