Kazakhstan President Tokayev tightens grip on power after riots | DW News

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Kazakhstan is still reeling after a week of deadly unrest that left more than 200 people dead. The unrest exposed a leadership struggle. To tighten his grip, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has now taken over the leadership of the ruling party – sidelining his mentor and the former head of state.

Protests started over a rise in fuel prices at the beginning of the year, but then spiraled into mass disturbances – notably in Kazakhstan’s biggest city, Almaty.

Security forces are accused of using excessive force to put down the unrest. Many in Almaty still can’t believe what happened. DW’s Emily Sherwin has more.

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In This Story: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country mainly located in Central Asia with a smaller portion west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe.

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country. It has a population of 18.3 million residents, and has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Since 1997, the capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. It was moved from Almaty, the country’s largest city.

Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kazakhstan is the most dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region’s GDP, primarily through its oil and gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources. Kazakhstan is a member of the United Nations (UN), WTO, CIS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union, CSTO, OSCE, OIC, CCTS, and TURKSOY.

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