BISHKEK Kyrgyzstan’s state safety service claimed it detained opposition politician Omurbek Tekebayev on Sunday on prices of corruption and fraud, a move that may possibly do away with him as a contender for presidency in the approaching election.
Tekebayev, 58, qualified prospects the Ata Meken (Fatherland) party’s parliamentary faction and is just one of the most outspoken critics of President Almazbek Atambayev, whose time period ends this yr.
The ex-Soviet Central Asian country will keep a presidential election on Nov. 19.
The state safety service claimed in a assertion it experienced detained him at an airport upon arrival from Turkey.
In a different assertion, the prosecutor general’s business claimed it suspected Tekebayev of using a $1 million bribe from a Russian trader in 2010.
Tekebayev, who was then a senior member of provisional federal government, promised the trader he would be ready to consider over a community telecommunications enterprise, prosecutors claimed.
Kanybek Imanaliyev, a member of parliament who belongs to Tekebayev’s Ata Meken faction, claimed he denied any wrongdoing.
“He considers his detention… unwarranted and illegal and a continuation of political repressions,” Imanaliyev claimed. “We prepared to keep a social gathering congress inside a thirty day period and nominate him as applicant (for presidency).”
Atambayev are unable to operate for re-election under the Kyrgyz structure, but his allies in parliament properly pushed by a referendum on a package of amendments drastically boosting the powers of the prime minister.
This has prompted speculation Atambayev may possibly both grow to be a powerful cupboard head – whilst Atambayev denies possessing these kinds of ideas – or set up a loyal figure as prime minister in buy to retain electric power in the largely Muslim country of 6 million.
(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko Producing by Olzhas Auyezov Editing by Kim Coghill)