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27 Feb 2019

The Kazakh president told his government to resign following public protests in the capital in recent weeks.

On February 21, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev criticized this government in a sweeping statement that cited failures to raise incomes or improve living standards. Nazarbayev said the government should resign and shortly thereafter the presidential office announced the appointment of an active prime minister.

“Under these conditions, as president and guarantor of the constitution, I am taking into account the interests of our people and making the following decision. I believe that the government should resign,” he said in a statement published on the presidential website and reportedly broadcast on television.

In the statement, Nazarbayev lamented that despite new laws and government efforts, positive results had not been achieved in several areas. Crediting growth to “raw materials,” Nazarbayev said that the government and National Bank failed to create sufficient incentives to promote high-quality growth. Nazarbayev’s statement places blame squarely on the government, stressing that he issued instructions to improve incomes and quality of life but that members of the government, ministers and regional governors were inadequate in their efforts to listen to people’s problems and work with them to carry out the president’s policies.

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