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Kazakhstan has new prime minister and foreign troops are about to leave – POLITICO

The parliament of Kazakhstan elected Alikhan Smailov as the new prime minister on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old official previously served as Kazakhstan’s finance minister from 2018 to 2020. In 2019, he became the first deputy cabinet minister who was sacked by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the violent protests. of last week in the country that started on the surge in fuel prices.

Foreign troops are also expected to withdraw from the country, Tokayev told parliament on Tuesday. “The main mission of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) troops is over,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sent troops to Kazakhstan to help calm the unrest, accused outside forces of orchestrating the riots: “The events in Kazakhstan are not the first and far from the last attempt. interference in the internal affairs of our foreign states.

After days of fierce protests in the resource-rich Central Asian country, in which Tokayev ordered police and military to shoot protesters on sight, around 9,900 people have been arrested.

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