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Tokayev told what served as a match and a powder keg for protests

President Tokayev: Income stratification in Kazakhstan has become a powder keg for protests 162 people have concentrated in their hands the main assets of Kazakhstan, while the majority of the country's inhabitants live on $ 1.3 thousand a year, Tokayev said. According to him, this income gap became the main reason for the protests alt=”Tokayev told what served as a match and a powder keg for protests” />

The events of early January in Kazakhstan exposed the problems that had been accumulating for years, the income gap between the rich and the poor had reached an unacceptable level. This was stated by the President of the Republic, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, at a meeting with businessmen, Tengri News reports.

“Such a stratification in income played the role of a lit match and a powder keg, which was used by the terrorist militants and the conspirators behind them,” — said Tokayev.

The President also gave an assessment of this stratification in real money. “International experts claim that only 162 people own half of [the country's] fortune. While half of the population's income does not exceed 50 thousand tenge. This is a little more than $1.3 thousand per year. It is impossible to live on such money, the situation needs to be urgently changed, & mdash; he said.

According to Tokayev, real reforms are needed that meet the interests of the country's citizens. He suggested that businessmen “immediately start” to work together to reset economic policy and define the “new rules of the game”— «honest and just». Addressing entrepreneurs, the head of state also expressed confidence that it is big business, “our bourgeoisie”, that is interested in the reforms. “Because the business elite of our country has something to lose,” — he explained.

In early January, protests erupted in Kazakhstan due to a doubling of prices for liquefied gas, which many residents of the country use as motor fuel. The demonstrations began in the Mangistau and Atyrau regions of the country and were accompanied by political demands. In particular, the protesters demanded the complete departure from politics of the country's ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev: after his resignation, he remained the chairman of the ruling Nur Otan party, a member of the Constitutional Council and chairman of the Security Council. The protests quickly turned into riots in a number of cities, including in the former capital of the country, Alma-Ata, where protesters vandalized shops, ATMs, banks and other infrastructure.

In the midst of unrest in the country on January 5, Tokayev announced that he had headed the republic's Security Council. On the same day, he also announced the resignation of the government and introduced a state of emergency in the country. The President turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help, arguing that terrorist forces took advantage of the protest moods.

were trained abroad and participated in battles in hot spots on the side of the militants. Tokayev himself later called this an attempted coup. The situation in Kazakhstan was stabilized and brought under control by January 10.

After the end of the protests, Tokayev said that financial and oligarchic groups close to him had grown rich in the country under Nazarbayev. Now, according to the president, “the time has come to pay tribute to the people of Kazakhstan and help them on a systematic and regular basis.” He promised to carry out political reforms in the country.

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