Wednesday 05 January 2022
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced on Wednesday morning that he had accepted the resignation of his government, after days of protests against the rise in natural gas prices.
President Tokayev assigned Ismailov Alikhan Askanovich to take over the duties of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan temporarily, according to a decree issued today, Wednesday, on the official website of the Kazakh presidency.
The decree added that members of the government will continue to perform their job duties until the approval of the formation of the new government, adding that the decree entered into force from the date of President Tokayev’s signature on it.
Thousands took to the streets for the third day in a row, in protest against raising energy prices, amid reports of dozens of arrests. News reports indicated that the protests spread to many towns and villages.
The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan explained that the price hike is due to the high demand for gas cylinders, which began trading on the Energy Exchange at the beginning of the year.