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In Kazakhstan, events rushed this Wednesday. According to the national media, the state of emergency has been decreed throughout the territory. The protest movement, triggered by a drastic rise in the price of fuels, has been strongly politicized and has taken a violent trick. In this context, President Tokayev announced that he would now lead the Security Council led until then by former Nazarbayev President.
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with our correspondent for Central Asia, Regis Genté
despite the authoritarianism of the regime of this former Soviet Republic, thousands of protesters have taken off public buildings and burning police vehicles. In this context, President Tokayev has announced that he will now lead the Security Council, which has been for nearly 3 years the real center of power in Kazakhstan. This would mean that former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, 81 years old is no longer in power.
If this January 5, 2022 could go into the history of Kazakhstan, it is not only because the country seems almost out of control of the authorities on Wednesday evening January 5th. But it may also be that in this crazy day the page Nazarbayev has definitely turned.
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more than 5,000 people have been arrested in connection with the violent protests in Kazakhstan so far. Overall, 5135 people have been set, Kazakh media reported on Sunday, citing the Ministry of Interior. Accordingly, the ministry appreciated around 175 million euros. More than 100 shops and banks were looted and more than 400 vehicles were destroyed. © Alexandr Bogdanov More than 5000 people have been arrested in connection with the violent protests in Kazakhstan so far.
In the afternoon, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced on the occasion of a solemn speech he now directed the Security Council alone. However, the Council has been the real center of power in Kazakhstan for almost 3 years.
Indeed, when in March 2019, Nursoultan Nazarbayev decided to abandon the chair of the state, which he had held since 1991, 28 years old, he actually kept most of the presidential attributes as Chief of the Security Council. Thus, it will in authoritarian regimes, where the autocrat can not almost never leave the power in reality.
Wednesday afternoon, the one who had officially appointed "Elbassy" (head of the nation), perhaps definitely abandoned the reins of the country, under the pressure of the street which for several days shouted "Shal, Ket! ("Old man, goes!").
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