Kazakh president removes ex-leader Nazarbayev from post amid unrest

Euractiv | Jan 5, 2022 at 5:45 PM
  • Kazakhstan’s president stripped his powerful predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev of a role as head of the country’s security council on Wednesday (5 December) after demonstrators stormed and torched public buildings in the republic’s worst unrest for more than a decade.
  • The cabinet resigned, but that failed to quell the demonstrators’ anger after days of unrest triggered by a fuel price rise in the oil-producing Central Asian country.
  • With the internet shut down across Kazakhstan after the unrest, it was not possible to determine whether removing Nazarbayev from the Security Council post would satisfy the protesters.