Kyrgyz security services claim opposition plot against president

Kyrgyz security services claim opposition politicians, according to audio recordings, plan riots to overthrow Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev waits for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Ala Archa compound in Bishkek, October 31, 2015.

Security services said that taped conversations reveal several Kyrgyz opposition politicians plan to spark riots across Kyrgyzstan to overthrow President Almazbek Atambayev.

Atambayev was elected president in 2011. Two of Kyrgyzstan’s last four presidents, Askar Akayev and Kurmanbek Bakiyev, were toppled after violent protests.

The security body said on Wednesday that the audio recordings that appeared on the internet are confirmed as authentic “by audio recordings in the possession of the State National Security Committee.”

Authorities may now ban an opposition rally in the city of Osh on March 24 or opposition leaders may go ahead and cancel it themselves.

The committee said it had obtained its own recordings with court approval as part of a criminal investigation.

"The investigation continues" it said.

Atambayev had warm ties with Russia which retains a military air base in Kyrgyzstan and with China which maintains influence in several Kyrgyz industries, including energy and mining.

However, Kyrgyzstan has suffered from Russia’s recession and the slowdown in China, causing public discontent.

TRTWorld and agencies