Tuesday, January 18

Crisis in Kazakhstan – Former Kazakh President Nazarbayev calls for government support

(Belga) Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev calls on the population to support the government in dealing with the country’s crisis, his spokesperson said on Saturday.

Mr. Nazarbayev “calls on all citizens to rally around the President of Kazakhstan to enable him to overcome this crisis and guarantee the country’s integrity,” the spokesperson, Aidos Ukibay, wrote on Twitter. Ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s appeal comes as one of his close allies, former prime minister Karim Kajymkanouli Massimov, was arrested for treason after being removed from his post as head of the National Security Committee (KNB ) as a consequence of the riots triggered by a rise in the price of gas. Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia, is shaken by a protest that erupted in the provinces on Sunday before spreading to other cities and especially to Almaty, the economic capital, where the demonstrations turned into chaotic riots and murderous. The head of state, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, on Friday authorized the security forces to “shoot to kill” in order to quell any rebellion and, with the support of Russia, ruled out negotiating with the demonstrators. A contingent of Russian troops and other countries allied with Moscow arrived Thursday in Kazakhstan to support the power in place by protecting strategic buildings and supporting the police. (Belga)

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