Police in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, fired stun grenades at more than 1,000 protesters marching toward the administrative buildings of the main city. Rare protest This situation began when fuel prices continued to rise sharply in parts of the country.
During the turmoil, President Kassim-Zomaart Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation on Wednesday and imposed a state of emergency in the affected areas.
The protest started when the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the beginning of the year. Due to the low cost, many Kazakhs have converted their cars to use liquefied petroleum gas. The countries of the former Soviet Union prohibit sporadic protests.
The government stated that regulated prices are causing losses to producers and need to be liberalized. But Tokayev has now ordered the acting cabinet members and the governor to restore the price control of liquefied petroleum gas and extend it to gasoline, diesel and other “socially important” consumer products.
He also ordered the government to enact a personal bankruptcy law and consider freezing the prices of public utilities and subsidizing the rents of poor families.
In addition to succeeding the prime minister, Tokayev also appointed a new first deputy director of the National Security Council to succeed Samat Abish, nephew of the powerful former President Nazarbayev.