ALMATY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev on Saturday declared a 20-day state of emergency in a
western oil city where at least 11 people have been killed in
the deadliest outbreak of violence in the Central Asian state’s
Wounded victims filled hospitals in Zhanaozen and many oil
workers stayed at home, fearing for their safety a day after
violent clashes between riot police and crowds in a city where
thousands of sacked oil workers have been protesting for months.
ALMATY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Wounded victims filled the
hospitals of a western Kazakh oil city on Saturday and some oil
workers stayed at home, fearing for their safety after
Independence Day celebrations turned into the deadliest violence
in the ex-Soviet state’s recent history.
At least 10 people were killed when riot police clashed on
Friday with a crowd in the city of Zhanaozen, centre of protests
by nearly 1,000 oil workers sacked by state-controlled
KazMunaiGas Exploration Production.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Western governments have muted criticism of torture and rights abuses in Uzbekistan to preserve relations with the Central Asian state pivotal to supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan, a prominent human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic of 28 million people, had failed to keep promises to stop the use of torture, including electric shocks and simulated asphyxiation, in its criminal justice system.
ALMATY (Reuters) – That chilly day in December is etched in Anatoly Yankovoi’s memory — thousands of angry young Kazakhs faced police cordons rimming Brezhnev Square in the centre of what was then the capital of Soviet Kazakhstan.
“We were told they were drunken hooligans, but that was the beginning of the end. The end of the Soviet Union,” says the retired police lieutenant-colonel, choking up at the memory. “My heart is still aching, and the pain doesn’t go away.”
ALMATY, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Uzbekistan’s Senate voted on
Monday to cut the presidential term to five years from seven,
reducing the authority of future leaders while veteran President
Islam Karimov buys time to anoint a successor to run Central
Asia’s most populous country.
Karimov, a 73-year-old former Communist Party boss, has
crushed opposition and dissent in more than two decades at the
helm of his resource-rich nation, repeatedly extending his rule
through legal changes rubberstamped by the docile parliament.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Five suspected militants and two security officers were killed in a shootout near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty, prosecutors said on Sunday, in the latest of a series of attacks in the oil-producing Central Asian state.
The five gunmen barricaded themselves in a house in the village of Boraldai outside Almaty late on Saturday after fatally wounding two security officers, prosecutors said.
ALMATY, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev’s eldest daughter is set to return to politics after
being named as a parliamentary election candidate, but analysts
said it was premature to conclude she was being groomed to
succeed her father.
Foreign investors routinely cite the uncertainty around who
will eventually succeed Nazarbayev as the single biggest risk to
stability in Kazakhstan, which mines more uranium than any other
and holds 3 percent of the world’s recoverable oil reserves.
ALMATY (Reuters) – The U.S. Peace Corps is withdrawing nearly 120 volunteers from Kazakhstan, ending its 18-year presence in Central Asia’s largest economy following a spate of Islamist militant attacks.
The Peace Corps said on Friday it was suspending its operations in Kazakhstan for “a number of operational considerations,” without giving further details. It said its 117 volunteers in the country were safe.
ALMATY (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to withdraw its Peace Corps volunteers from Kazakhstan, ending its 18-year presence in the Central Asian state, the U.S. embassy said Friday.
There are 121 Peace Corps volunteers currently working in Kazakhstan, according to its official website, kazakhstan.peacecorps.gov.
ALMATY, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev dissolved the lower house of parliament on Wednesday
and called a snap parliamentary election for Jan. 15-16, in a
move that will dilute the ruling party’s monopoly in the
oil-producing Central Asian state.
The election from party lists will be held on Jan. 15. The
next day, other deputies will be chosen by the People’s Assembly
of Kazakhstan, a consultative body loyal to Nazarbayev.