Kyrgyz security officials said on Saturday the former president was rearrested after supporters freed him from jail during post-election unrest.
The arrest came as the incumbent president Sooronbay Jeebekove reaffirmed control, after the unrest in a disputed parliamentary election in which prominent politicians were freed.
In a released statement, Kyrgyz official said Atambayev, along with one of his bodyguards, and another accomplice had been arrested on suspicion of organizing “mass disorder”.
The committee is currently “identifying and arresting other accomplices of this crime”, statement reads.
Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament announced a new Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov, a convicted kidnapper, strengthening Sooronbay Jeenbekov’s seize of the power.