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Following the riots, parliament votes on Kazakhstan’s new prime minister

Kazakhstan lawmakers have appointed a new prime minister as the country’s rulers seek to restore order after days of unrest.

According to foreign media, the Businesscrafter reports, the parliament of the Central Asian country voted on Tuesday for Alikhan Smailov, state television reported.

According to the report, Smailov had already taken over the post temporarily, following the dismissal of the old government a week ago.

Otherwise, even President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had previously suggested Smailov for this task.

“Complete order has been restored in Kazakhstan. “Threats to the security of the country have been avoided,” Tokayev said in a video conference of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which he had called for to quell the unrest.

Kazakhstan, which borders Russia and China, has been embroiled in unrest for a week as anti-government protests escalated into discontent over rising fuel prices at gas stations in the oil-rich country.

In addition to the peaceful demonstrations, there were violent riots, especially in the Almaty metropolis.

Tokayev declared a state of emergency, dismissed the government, and ordered the army to fire on demonstrators without warning. 

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