Kazakhstan government resigns after violent protests over fuel prices – News

The president orders the government to regulate the prices of fuel and other “socially important” goods.



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By Reuters

Published: Wed 05 Jan 2022, 08:01

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday accepted the government’s resignation, his office said, after violent protests sparked by a fuel price hike rocked the oil-rich Central Asian country.

Police used tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday night to chase hundreds of protesters from the main square in Almaty, the largest city in the former Soviet republic, and clashes lasted for hours in nearby areas .

Tokayev on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Almaty and the western oil province of Mangistau, and said domestic and foreign provocateurs were behind the violence.

Protests began in Mangistau province on Sunday after price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, a popular automotive fuel, were lifted a day earlier, after which its price more than doubled.

Addressing acting cabinet members on Wednesday, Tokayev ordered them and provincial governors to restore LPG price controls and extend them to gasoline, diesel and other consumer goods. “socially important”.

He also ordered the government to draft a personal bankruptcy law and consider freezing utility prices and subsidizing rents for poor families.

He said the situation was improving in towns hit by protests after a state of emergency was declared, which imposed a curfew and restrictions on movement.

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