World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of supporters of Akmatbek Keldibekov, detained former Kyrgyz parliament speaker, have dismantled barriers blocking a major highway in the southern Osh region but continue to remain at the site.
Protest leader Kerim Sarybashev told RFE/RL that the highway that has been blocked since May 27th was cleared on June 22nd following talks with Deputy Prime Minister Abdyrakhman Mamataliev and lawmaker Ismail Isakov.
Sarybashev stated that protesters also took into account the approaching Islamic month of Ramadan when they made their decision.
Member of the opposition Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party, Keldibekov, was arrested in November and charged with abuse of office and financial misdeeds while running the State Social Fund and Tax Service.
He also served as parliament speaker between 2010 and 2011.
Keldibekov's supporters say his arrest is politically motivated.
A court decision on his transfer to possible house arrest is due on June 27.
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