Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is currently in the country’s capital, Nur-Sultan. The Ambassador of the Republic to Azerbaijan Serzhan Abdykarimov announced this on January 12 during a press conference.
“Nazarbayev is in the capital of Kazakhstan. He held several telephone conversations with the leaders of friendly countries and is in constant contact with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, ”the diplomat said.
On January 8, Nazarbayev’s press secretary announced that he was in Nur-Sultan. He urged the media not to spread false information about the departure of the politician from the country.
The press secretary also said that Nazarbayev called on everyone to rally around the head of state Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev “to overcome current challenges and ensure the country’s integrity.”
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. Participants of the rallies opposed the rise in prices for liquefied gas. The actions soon escalated into riots.
The situation has become especially aggravated in the largest city of the country – Alma-Ata. The protesters broke into the administration building, set fire to the building of the prosecutor’s office and the office of the ruling party.
In addition, radical protesters armed themselves and began looting, destroying shops, pharmacies and banks in the city. The criminals ransacked the offices of five TV channels, tried to attack a pre-trial detention center in the city of Taldykorgan and attempted to enter the territory of a military unit in the Aktobe region.
It also became known about the security forces killed during the protests in the republic. Their number increased to 18, two of them were beheaded. In addition, the republic’s National Guard reported the death of two servicemen.
According to Tokayev, the seized government offices are terrorist groups. According to him, the bandits who caused the riots have undergone serious training abroad.
The commandant’s office in Alma-Ata also stated that the violent actions of the attackers testified to the terrorist and extremist nature of the bandit formations.
On January 5, the President of Kazakhstan dismissed the government, headed the Security Council and at its meeting announced that he had applied to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Belarus and Russia) for help in overcoming the terrorist threat … After that, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who holds the post of CSTO chairman, said that the organization would send collective peacekeeping forces to the republic for a limited period of time in order to stabilize the situation.
The withdrawal of the contingent will begin on December 13. The arrival of the CSTO contingent in the republic was of great importance for repelling the aggression of terrorists and bandits, Tokayev noted.