Russian-led soldiers are on their way out of Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said on Tuesday that part of a Russian-led force would begin leaving the troubled country within two days.

The withdrawal will be completed within ten days, it states.

“The main mission of the CSTO peacekeeping force has been successfully completed,” Tokayev said. It is with reference to soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

‘Within two days, a withdrawal begins at different stages of the contribution. It will not take more than ten days to implement it, “he said in a speech to the government and parliament via video.

The CSTO mission with more than 2,000 soldiers was launched when the crisis in Kazakhstan was at its height last week.

Here came fierce fighting between anti-government protesters and security forces. At the same time, looting and vandalism took place in large parts of the city of Almaty.

Authorities in Kazakhstan have raised the number of detainees to around 8,000.

The country has about 16 million inhabitants.

Tokayev also appears to have strengthened his position by expressing his support for incumbent Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov.

With the unanimous support of Parliament, Smailov is in a position to become permanent head of government.

The unrest apparently grew out of a peaceful demonstration against rising energy prices.

Authorities say the riots were a coup attempt supported by foreign terrorists.

But during the process, deep strife has been exposed in the government itself. Former head of the National Security Committee Karim Masimov was arrested on Saturday.

He was close to former president Nursultan Nasarbayev, who ruled the country for 30 years until 2019.

Nazarbayev was the subject of protesters’ anger. Among other things, they shouted “Out with the old man” with reference to the 81-year-old ex-leader.

Tokayev says in a critique of Nazarbayev on Tuesday that the former leader created a “layer of rich people in the country.”

/ ritzau / AFP

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