The state of emergency declared by Kazakh President Kasim Zhomart Tokayev on 5 January in response to the protests and riots that took over the country has ended at midnight in those regions and cities where it was still in force.
The state of emergency ended at midnight in the capital, Nursultan, the country’s largest city, Almaty, and five parts of the country.
“The country is thus returning to normal life. The curfew and other temporary restrictions imposed during the state of emergency are being lifted,” Berk Uali, the president’s spokesman, said.
In the state of emergency, there was a curfew in the cities, patrols were carried out around the clock, restrictions on movement were imposed, and a number of other bans were introduced.
According to the National Security Committee, the critical “red” level of the terrorist threat remains in Almaty, Almaty and Zambil.
Protests against the sharp rise in liquefied gas prices reportedly began on January 2 in Zhanaozen, in the southwest of the country.
In the following days, however, protests took over the whole of Kazakhstan, and political demands began to emerge alongside economic ones. The protesters demanded, among other things, the complete departure of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his clan.
The President of Kazakhstan requested the deployment of a contingent of the Russian-led military alliance on the evening of January 5, when government forces had effectively lost control of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city.