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State of emergency in Kazakhstan GP

State of emergency in Kazakhstan GP

The President of Kazakhstan dissolved the country’s government and issued a state of emergency in the country’s largest city, Almaty, as well as in the oil-rich province of Mangistu (Mangistau), in an attempt to pacify the protesters.

President Kassym-Zumart Tokayev said in a statement on the website of the presidential office that he accepted the resignation request from the government through Prime Minister Askar Mamin. Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov will assume the duties of acting prime minister until the formation of a new government.

There is a curfew between 23 and 07.

This news comes after several days of unexpectedly widespread protests, in part due to the high gas prices in the country. But the protests continued despite the government’s lowering of gas prices to the level demanded by the protesters.

In Almaty, police deployed tear gas and dispersal grenades to disperse about 5,000 protesters, according to AFP journalists at the site. It appears that the messaging services Telegram, Signal and Whatsapp have become inaccessible in the country.

Protesters open their cell phones in central Almaty on Tuesday. Photo: Vladimir Tretyakov/AP/TT

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