Kazakhstan president proposes reforms to limit his powers

Tokayev seeks to switch his country from ‘superpresidential’ rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has proposed constitutional reforms to limit the powers of his office, saying the country needed to switch from “superpresidential” rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Tokayev was elected president in 2019 with theContinue reading “Kazakhstan president proposes reforms to limit his powers”

UN rips Kazakhstan after troops seen wearing blue helmets

The United Nations criticized Kazakhstan after the country’s troops were seen wearing blue helmets, a symbol reserved for U.N. peacekeepers, while quelling protests. Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called in troops to assist the country after protests erupted over high fuel prices and the autocratic government that has been in power the past two decades. The troops,Continue reading “UN rips Kazakhstan after troops seen wearing blue helmets”

Kazakhstan: More than 160 killed, 5,000 arrested during riots – Al Jazeera

More than 160 people were killed and 5,000 arrested in Kazakhstan after the riots that shook Central Asia’s largest country over the past week. The interior ministry, quoted on Sunday by local media, said initial estimates put property damage at about 175 million euros ($198m) after the deadly violence. Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports.

Kazakhstan’s former head of national security detained on suspicion of treason – DW News

Russia is sending troops to Kazakhstan to support the government, which has been facing days of angry protests. For Moscow, there is more at stake than cementing its influence in a neighboring country shaken by unrest. After days of violent protests, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has vowed to destroy “armed bandits.” He gave “special thanks”Continue reading “Kazakhstan’s former head of national security detained on suspicion of treason – DW News”

Gravitas: Kazakhstan protests create a new headache for Putin – WION

Kazakhstan is a country in crisis. Overwhelmed by the public anger, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called in Russian paratroopers. What’s at stake for the Russian President in Kazakhstan? Palki Sharma tells you more.

Kazakhstan president authorises security forces to ‘fire without warning’

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday he had ordered security forces to open fire without warning in order to quell Kazakhstan’s worst unrest in decades, thanking Russia and its allies for their assistance in restoring order.  Tokayev said in a televised address that up to 20,000 “bandits” had attacked the financial capital Almaty and were destroying state property.Continue reading “Kazakhstan president authorises security forces to ‘fire without warning’”

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