Status: 05.01.2022 4:29 am
The Kazakh government has resigned in the wake of violent protests against rising gas prices. Earlier a state of emergency was declared in the country. In Almaty, police cracked down on thousands of protesters.
After violent protests in Kazakhstan, the government closed to resign. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the request and informed his office. Djokovic has appointed former First Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smiley as the current head of government. The government’s move follows a state of emergency following violent riots caused by a significant rise in LPG prices.
According to the website of President Kassym-Schomart Tokayev, a night curfew has been imposed in the economic capital of Almaty in the southeast and in the rich Mangistow resource area in the west of Central Asia.
Thousands of demonstrators in Alommade have previously used stun grenade bombs and tear bombs. AFP reporters estimate that at least 5,000 people took part in the protests in Almaty on Tuesday. Protesters attacked vehicles, including a fire truck. Many demonstrators and police officers were allowed to hospital with small injuries.
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The government made concessions
Demonstrations against high gas prices began over the weekend in Schangaösen, the center of the West Mangystov region. Protests also took place in the town of Octav in the Caspian Sea on Monday evening. On Tuesday evening, officials announced a significant reduction in gas prices in Mangista.
Tokayev justified the offer on Twitter, saying it was “to ensure stability in the country.” In a video posted online, Tokayev called for an end to the protests. It said, “Do not react to stimuli coming from abroad and domestically. “Do not respond to storm calls to official buildings. This is a crime and you will be punished for it.”
He also announced that the Government Commission has begun its work to find a solution that is “acceptable to all parties.”
President Tokayov has been in office since 2019. He is the heir apparent to Nazarbayev, the longtime head of state who has ruled Kazakhstan since 1989. Nazarbayev, 81, continues to control the country’s politics as “head of state.” The title offers him extensive privileges and exemptions from trial.
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