The former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan has a new head of government after days of serious riots. The parliament of the Central Asian country on Tuesday voted in favor of Alishan Smagilo, who has already held the post temporarily after the old government was dismissed a week ago, according to state television. President Kassim Shomart Tokayev had recently proposed the 49-year-old’s post of prime minister.
In the oil and gas-rich former Soviet republic, which borders Russia, resentment over rising fuel prices has turned into protests against the government. In addition to peaceful demonstrations, there were also violent riots, especially in the city of Almaty. Tokayev had requested support from a Russian-led military coalition in the face of the unrest. There were many dead and wounded.
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Meanwhile, the number of detainees was close to 10,000. According to Tengrinews, the Interior Ministry said about 9,900 people were arrested during the riots.
Experts believe that the president will use the crisis to oust his predecessor, former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Even after his resignation in 2019, Nazarbayev was still considered the most powerful man in Kazakhstan. Tokayev recently dismissed his position as head of the influential Security Council and expelled many of those close to him from important positions. (SDA)
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