Several protesters killed as Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gives security forces shoot-to-kill order

Security forces appeared to have reclaimed the streets of Kazakhstan’s main city on Friday after days of violence, and the Russian-backed president said he had ordered his troops to shoot to kill to put down a countrywide uprising. A day after Moscow sent paratroopers to help crush the insurrection, police were patrolling the debris-strewn streets… Read More Several protesters killed as Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gives security forces shoot-to-kill order

Eight dead as protests escalate in Kazakhstan

The president of ex-Soviet republic Kazakhstan appealed to a Russian-led security bloc for help on Thursday after failing to quell days of protests that have seen state buildings torched and eight security personnel reported dead. Initially angered by a fuel price rise, protesters have been storming buildings and chanting against President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s predecessor Nursultan… Read More Eight dead as protests escalate in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan president reappoints Askar Mamin as prime minister

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev nominated Askar Mamin as prime minister on Friday, and the newly elected lower house of parliament swiftly approved his appointment after ruling party leader Nursultan Nazarbayev asked his lawmakers to back Mamin. Mamin had stepped down after a January 10 parliamentary election, as required by the constitution, after almost two years… Read More Kazakhstan president reappoints Askar Mamin as prime minister

Kazakhstan set to hold presidential election on June 9

Kazakhstan’s interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, called a snap presidential election for June 9 on Tuesday and looked to be in pole position to continue ruling the oil-rich Central Asian nation. The only other potential heavyweight candidate, Dariga Nazarbayeva, has no plans to run, her aide told Kazakh news website Tengrinews.kz after the vote announcement. Her… Read More Kazakhstan set to hold presidential election on June 9