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Demonstrations in Kazakhstan: the president sacks his government


A decree published on the presidential website indicates that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has accepted the resignation of the government headed by Prime Minister Askar Mamin. Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov will assume the role of Acting Prime Minister until a new cabinet is formed.

The day before, the Head of State had declared a state of emergency, from January 5 and until January 19, in this oil-producing region of Mangystau and in Almaty, the economic capital, in the south-east of the country. . A curfew will be in place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Do not respond to provocations from abroad and within the country. Do not respond to calls to storm official buildings. It’s a crime you would be punished for, said President Tokayev, who has governed the country since 2019.

200 arrests

Police in Kazakhstan reported more than 200 arrests on Wednesday for violations of public order and 95 injured police officers, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Protesters were dispersed with stun grenades and tear gas overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday by police in Almaty.

Protesters have indulged in provocations blocking roads and traffic and disturbing public order, justified in the Interior Ministry.

The movement of anger began on Sunday, after a rise in the prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG), in the city of Janaozen, before spreading to the large regional city of Aktau, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, then in Almaty.

The government had initially tried to calm, without success, the protesters by conceding a reduction in the price of LNG, fixing it at 50 tenges (0.1 euro) per liter in the region, against 120 at the beginning of the year. .

However, this promise did not lead to the dispersal of the demonstrators who demanded to speak to the president.

Kazakh television reported on Wednesday the arrest of the director of a gas processing plant and another official in the Mangystau region, where Janaozen is located.

They are accused of having increased the price of gas for no reason, which resulted in massive protests across the country, according to this source.

Khazakstan, Central Asia’s largest economy accustomed in the past to double-digit growth rates, is suffering from falling oil prices and the economic crisis in Russia, which has led to the devaluation of the Kazakh tenge and a strong inflation.

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