Kazakhstan government resigns amid mass protests over fuel price hike

Kazakhstan government resigns amid mass protests over fuel price hike

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has accepted the government’s resignation after a wave of unprecedented protests that swept the oil-rich Central Asian country over fuel price hikes.

“In accordance with Article 70 of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I hereby resolve to accept the resignation of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” Tokayev said in a presidential decree on Wednesday.

According to the president’s office, Alikhan Smailov was appointed as acting prime minister.

The announcement came hours after Tokayev declared a two-week state of emergency in the country’s biggest city, Almaty, as well as western Mangistau Province, where protests over surging gas prices turned violent. Photos and videos that surfaced online showed armored vehicles moving in the streets.

“Calls to attack government and military offices are absolutely illegal,” he said in a video address, adding, “The government will not fall, but we want mutual trust and dialog rather than conflict.”

In Almaty,…

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