The President of Kazakhstan has placed “special blame” on the government for the protests in the country According to the President, the government failed to cope with one of its main tasks – curbing inflation
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev held a meeting on the socio-economic situation in the country.
The head of state said that “ the government is especially to blame for allowing a protest situation in connection with the rise in prices for liquefied gas. '' In particular, Tokayev noted the role of the Ministry of Energy.
According to Tokayev, the resigned government failed to cope with one of the main tasks of the executive power & mdash; curbing inflation. “ This task will be paramount for the next composition of the country's government and the new head of the cabinet, '' & mdash; he said. The President also pointed to the responsibility of Kazmunaigas companies. and Kazakhgaz for the current situation.
The head of state noted the lack of a systematic approach to reforming the industry. “ It is important to understand that no one will constantly sell to themselves at a loss. The country may be left without investments in the gas and gas processing industries and, accordingly, without gas. Therefore, one cannot do without systemic, but well-thought-out and phased reforms, '' & mdash; he stressed, adding that the gas industry needs a “ high-quality reboot. ''
The President thanked the government commission specially created to resolve the situation, law enforcement forces and the head of the Mangistau region “ for work on stabilize the situation. '' He noted “ the gradual rectification of the situation in Almaty and Mangistau oblast '' after he declared a state of emergency.
Tokayev clarified that Prime Minister Askar Mamin has submitted a letter of resignation, which, according to the Constitution, means the termination of the powers of the entire government. Earlier, the President accepted the resignation of the Cabinet. Alikhan Smailov, the current first deputy head of the government, has become the acting prime minister.
On January 1, prices for automobile gas in Kazakhstan doubled: from 60 tenge (10.2 rubles) to 120 tenge (20.4 rubles) per liter. Protests erupted in Mangistau Oblast, later they began in other regions: people took to the streets in Alma-Ata, Nur-Sultan, Karaganda, Atyrau, Uralsk, Taldykorgan, Kyzylorda and Shymkent. On January 4, the president announced that the gas price in the Mangistau region would be reduced to 50 tenge per liter, but the riots did not stop after that.
On Wednesday night, Tokayev introduced -Ate and Mangistau region state of emergency until January 19. Regions have a curfew, restrictions on entry and exit, a ban on the sale of weapons and ammunition to individuals, holding peaceful meetings and organizing strikes.
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