Hike in fuel prices prompted the Kazakhstan govt. To quit.

A state of emergency was disclosed in Kazakhstan due to the sudden hike in fuel prices. That led to the fall of the Kazakhstan government. The government in Kazakhstan has officially stepped down following a protest against the increase in fuel prices. 

According to the BBC, dozens of protestors. At least eight law enforcement officers stood slain by Kazakh security forces. During an operation to restore order in Almaty, the country’s largest city.

Russia has dispatched troops to assist security forces in restoring order in the country. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has asked Russia’s Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, for assistance.

AmidAmidst the violent protest, messaging apps denial, and stop internet services. Hundreds of thousands of protestors have stormed government buildings and clashed with police officers.

Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation a few hours later, in an attempt to calm the violent protests, and ordered the temporary cabinet to reinstall price limits on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

But even after accepting the government’s resignation, it didn’t calm the ordinary Kazakhs who stormed the government officials and captured police vehicles. 

Tokayev’s one of five leaders from Central Asian countries who request to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations later this month.

So, what led to the Kazakhs’ protest?

Angry Kazakhs took to the street to protest against the hike in fuel prices doubled in the oil-rich Central Asian country. The protest started in the oil-rich region Zhanaozen. Soon, the protest took violent form. 

DemonsDemonstrations burst in cities and villages across Kazakhstan, soon becoming violent in dubb the country’s largest wave of protests. Protesters requested the government’s resignation and a reduction in LPG prices.

The Kazakhs were angry and saddened by the fact. That an increase in fuel prices will eventually increase prices in food and result in income inequality. That had plagued Kazakhstan for decades. 

So far, more than 200 people detain by official security. 

Cheaper fuel prices are a long dream. Lack of democracy and rising income inequality have acted as the fuel to the protest. Above all, the pandemic has made the situation even worse. 

While the country’s authoritarian leadership is extensively condemned for breaching fundamental liberties. It can attract millions of dollars in international investment by appearing politically stable. For example, there are numerous reports of anomalies during the 2019 presidential elections.

Tokayev succeeded the country’s long-time Soviet-era leader Nursultan Nazarbayev who stepped down from his post. 

Tokayev fired the country’s prime minister and his cabinet just hours after imposing a state of emergency in Almaty and Mangistau. He subsequently named Alikhan Smailov, the country’s first deputy prime minister, as interim prime minister. 

To ensure stability in the country, Tokayev took immediate steps like, In Mangistau province, the interim administration plans to impose a price restriction on LPG of 50 tenges (approximately 8p) per liter, roughly half the current market price.

Protests in Kazakhstan have also created a disturbance in the neighboring country Russia and China, both of which are the key strategic partners of Kazakhstan. 

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