Residents of Kazakhstan protest against rising gas prices, President Tokayev intervenes
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In the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan, protests began due to a sharp rise in prices for liquefied gas. Writes about this Tengrinews.
On January 2, residents of Zhanaozen, a city of regional subordination in the Mangistau region with a population of about 110 thousand people, went to a spontaneous rally. Citizens-motorists were outraged by the increase in the cost of liquefied gas to 120 tenge (20.56 Russian rubles) per liter, they demand from the authorities to reduce the price by half, one of the activists covering the protests wrote on Facebook.
Representatives of the city akimat had a conversation with car owners, and the regional administration also commented on the rise in prices.
The previous price of 60 tenge will not return, since now the price of gas on the exchange is 70-85 tenge per liter, excluding the operating costs of transportation and the entrepreneur
Berdibek Kartbaev Head of the Department of Energy and Housing and Communal Services of the Mangistau Region
The central government had to intervene in the situation. On the night of January 3, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, announced that he had instructed the government of the republic “to urgently consider the situation in Zhanaozen, taking into account economic feasibility, in the legal field.” In turn, the Cabinet announced the creation of a commission to consider the socio-economic situation in the Mangistau region and promised to implement a package of measures to regulate the price of liquefied petroleum gas.
“At the moment, the owners of gas stations in Mangistau oblast, within the framework of the social responsibility of business, have proactively made a decision to reduce the cost of gas from 120 to 85-90 tenge per liter,” the government said in a message published on January 3.
Against the background of protests in the Mangistau region, the authorities have strengthened security measures in large cities of the republic, in particular, in Alma-Ata. There, according to Interfax, there is a police cordon around the main square, and the Internet is intermittent in this area.