After more than a week of violent tensions and bloody demonstrations in the country, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev nominated Ali Khan Ismailov for the post of prime minister on Tuesday in a speech to Parliament in a session broadcast live on state television.
Parliament voted to appoint the 49-year-old Ismailov, who was the first deputy prime minister in the previous government that Tokayev sacked last week amid violent unrest in the oil-rich Central Asian country.
10 thousand arrest
Simultaneously, the Ministry of Interior announced today that nearly 10,000 people were arrested during the unrest that occurred last week.
It also confirmed that government buildings were attacked in several major cities after protests over high car fuel prices turned violent.
Tokayev considered that his country had survived a coup attempt orchestrated by what he called a “single group”. In a speech to a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization led by Russia via a video link, Tokayev said that order has been restored in the country, but the pursuit of “terrorists” as he described them continues.
He also considered that the main goal of those violent protests was to seize power. He said, “The main slap was dealt to the city of Alma-Ata…The fall of this city would have paved the way for controlling the densely populated south and then the entire country, especially as they were planning to take over the capital.”
President of Kazakhstan (Archive – The Associated Press)
In addition, he defended his decision to invite Russian-led forces into the country.
While Moscow described what happened as unacceptable, stressing that it would not accept what it described as the “color revolutions”, in reference to the demonstrations supported from abroad, according to its belief.
It is noteworthy that large-scale demonstrations were more than a week ago, in protest against the rise in fuel prices, but later expanded greatly and turned into a curse against the Tokayev government and the 81-year-old former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who still enjoys great influence in the country.