Kazakhstan: Violent protests after fuel price hike; Emergency imposed, PM resigns

Due to ongoing violent protests in Kazakhstan over rising oil prices, the government was forced to resign. On Wednesday, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin submitted a letter of resignation to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, which was accepted. Alikhan Samailov has been appointed as caretaker prime minister by the President.

In addition, a state of emergency was declared in the country from January 5 to January 19. To disperse the protesters, police used tear gas and lathi-charge.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan accepted the government’s resignation.

According to reports in the media, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said, “I accept the government’s resignation under Article 70 of the Republic of Kazakhstan.” Members of the current administration will continue to serve until a new government is formed. Aside from that, orders have been issued to consider providing subsidies to low-income families.

to persuade people to remain at home

The sale of arms, ammunition, and alcohol is prohibited in Kazakhstan during the state of emergency. Along with this, the general public has been urged to remain at home. Vehicle movement has also been prohibited. From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., the President has imposed a curfew in Almaty and Mangistau, the country’s financial capital. The government has also been ordered to control the country’s oil prices.

The movement began in the province of Mangistau. Following an increase in oil prices, violent protests erupted in Kazakhstan.

The government removed the price cap on LPG on Tuesday and handed it over to the companies. Oil prices skyrocketed as a result of this. As a result, large-scale protests erupted across the country. Protests spread across the country after the movement began in Mangistau province.

President Tokayev has stated that attacking government offices is completely unacceptable in response to the violent protests. We want to build trust and communicate with one another, not fight.

Kazakhstan, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union, declared independence in 1991. Kazakhstan’s people are already struggling financially as a result of the Corona epidemic. The people’s rage grew even more when the fuel price was raised on Tuesday.

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