The president of Kazakhstan announces the withdrawal of Russian troops and measures to placate the protests

The President of Kazakhstan, Kasim-Yomart Tokayev, announced the beginning of the withdrawal of the collective security treaty organization (OTSC) withdrawal fr

The president of Kazakhstan announces the withdrawal of Russian troops and measures to placate the protests

The President of Kazakhstan, Kasim-Yomart Tokayev, announced the beginning of the withdrawal of the collective security treaty organization (OTSC) withdrawal from Thursday and a series of measures to appease citizen discontent after violent protests against the Regime of the country.

"The main mission of the Pacification Forces of the OTSC has concluded successfully, in two days the gradual withdrawal of the units will begin, the process will not extend more than ten days," said Kazako Parliament in a videoconference from the palace. Presidential Akorda.

Tokayev requested last day 5 help to the OTSC, led by Russia and also formed by Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in addition to Kazakhstan, to repress the "terrorist threat" in the country, as it has qualified the protests that began the day 2, initially by the duplication of the price of liquefied gas, used as a cheap alternative to gasoline.

In what is his first intervention in another member country in twenty years, the OTSC sent 2,030 soldiers to Kazakhstan, most Russia.

The demonstrations, caused by discontent with economic and political elites and corruption, became distressed and repressed by the Kazakh forces in a "anti-terrorist" operation, with a balance until the moment of 160 dead and almost 10,000 detainees.

Nursultán tries to justify the repression and presence of the OTSC in Kazakhstan by the "terrorist threat" to the country, since it ensures that the protesters are "international terrorists", although it has not presented evidence.

Tokáyev, who insists that an "coup attempt" has been avoided, has ensured that it is insurgents coming "mostly from Central Asia, Afghanistan and also from the Middle East" and that will present evidence to the international community.

This Tuesday indicated that, of not having resorted to the OTSC, the government could have lost "completely control over Almaty (...)", main focus of the protests and the largest financial center and center of the country. "

"Having lost Almaty, we would have lost the capital, and then the whole country," he emphasized.

The Kazakh leader criticized the proceeding of some in the safety apparatus during the protests. "Not everyone fulfilled their duty. In a series of cities the heads of the national security departments (...) abandoned their headquarters, leaving there we arrange and secret documentation," he said.

So far, 412 preliminary investigations have been started, including by terrorist act and homicide. Among others, the former head of the National Security Committee (CSN) of Kazakhstan, Karim Masímov, was detained by high betrayal. A special research team must clarify all the details of what happened, said Tokáyev.

President Kazaka considered it necessary to improve the security forces in qualitative and quantitative terms, such as the reinforcement of the National Guard, the increase of special units and a rise in salaries, as well as an increase in the defense capacity of the armed forces.

Tokáyev admitted that the benefits of the country rich in natural resources (oil, gas and uranium) do not reach the population. "Large companies enjoy special privileges, eliminate competition and hinder the implementation of reforms," he said.

"SHAL, KET" (Old, Vete) was last week one of the shouts of war of the protesters addressed to the Father of the Nation, Nursultan Nazerbayev, who led the country for 30 years, and whose family has vast economic interests.

To try to applace the citizen's discontent, Tokáyev ordered the government, whose new Prime Minister, Alijan Smailov, was approved today by Parliament, which establishes a program to "increase population income in two months".

He also called for the creation of a public social fund that solves "the real problems in the fields of health, education and social assistance."

He also urged the great companies invited to Kazakhstan by Nazarbayev to contribute annually to the fund for the people of Kazakhstan who will be created in the country.

Tokáyev also instructed the government to restructure the activities of the Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which, he said, "has become a personal bank for a select circle of people who represent financial, industrial and construction groups."

In turn, it ordered to increase the level of responsibility for power structures in decision-making, declared a moratorium on the salary increase for government members, regional governors and deputies, and a reform of public administration.

Finally, it announced that in September it will present a new package of political reforms in coordination with society and experts.

"In general, the time has come for the transformation of relations between the State and society. We need a new format of social contract," he emphasized.

Updated Date: 11 January 2022, 09:03

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