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Government resigns due to LPG protests in Kazakhstan

It was announced that the government headed by Prime Minister Askar Mamin in Kazakhstan resigned due to the protests against the increase in LPG prices in the country.

President of Kazakhstan Kasım Cömert Tokayev accepted the resignation of the government headed by Prime Minister Askar Mamin in the morning.

According to the statement made by the Presidency, Deputy Prime Minister Alihan Smailov, who was previously Deputy Prime Minister, will carry out the duty.

In the city of Janaözen in western Kazakhstan, a State of Emergency was declared in Almaty and Mangistau province, as the protests of drivers opposing the increase in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) spread throughout the country.

In the decree signed by President Tokayev of the State of Emergency, a curfew was imposed between 5 and 19 January in the aforementioned regions, due to the worsening of the situation in ensuring public safety in the country.

In Almaty, the former capital city of the country, the shows attended by thousands of people continued into the night. The police intervened using stun grenades and tear gas.

On January 2, in the city of Janaözen, in the province of Mangistau on the Caspian Sea coast of the country, car drivers started to protest the increase in the LPG price. Drivers who blocked the main roads of the city wanted the LPG price to be reduced from 120 Tenge to 60 Tenge per liter.

The protest then spread to the city of Aktau, the center of the province, and the demonstrators gathered in the square where the governor’s office is located. Subsequently, the personnel working in the large oil fields in the region also supported the shows.

In a short time, reinforcement-targeted shows in the cities of Atyrau, Aktobe and Oral, especially Aktau in the western part of Kazakhstan, where all oil and natural gas reserves are located, spread to other parts of the country in the afternoon.

The special government board established, meeting with the protesters in ktau, announced that they had reduced the price of LPG to 50 Tenge ($0.11) per liter. However, in the ongoing shows, political slogans criticizing the current administration system were shouted and demands for the improvement of the socio-economic situation of the people were put into words.

In the process that brought down the government in Kazakhstan, the price of LPG was increased from 60 Tenge to 120 Tenge per liter.

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