In Kazakhstan, the government led by Prime Minister Askar Mamin has resigned over protests against rising prices for LPG, the liquid petroleum gas. President Kasim Comert Tokayev has approved the resignation of the government 01/05/2022 morning.
The presidency has declared that the post of Prime Minister will be held by former Deputy Prime Minister Alihan Smailov. Protests against LPG prices began in the Kazakh city of Janaozen and spread throughout the country. Almati and Mangistau became the cities where the state of emergency was proclaimed. In the presidential decree of President Tokayev, a curfew was declared between January 5 and 19 in these areas because the situation had worsened to ensure public safety.
In the former capital Almati thousands of people turned out for protests throughout the night and the police used tear gas and the sound bomb. In the process that led to the resignation of the government, the price of LPG rose from 60 tenges to 120 tenges (0,28 dólar estadounidense). The government’s special commission negotiated with the protesters in Aktau and declared that they reduce the liter price of LPG to 50 tenges (50 Kazakh tengue equals 0.10 euro). But the demonstrations continued and demands were declared to improve the socio-economic situation of the town in the political slogans that criticized the current administrative system.
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