Constitutional order largely restored in Kazakhstan: president

2022-01-08 03:16:08Xinhua Editor : Wang Fan ECNS App Download

The constitutional order has been largely restored in all regions of Kazakhstan, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday, according to the presidential press service.

"The counterterrorist operation has kicked off. The law enforcement forces are working hard. The constitutional order has been mainly restored in all regions," Tokayev said during a meeting with the leadership of the Presidential Administration, the Security Council, and law enforcement agencies.

"Local authorities are monitoring the situation, but terrorists are still using weapons, causing damage to civilian property. Therefore, the counter-terrorist operation will continue until the total destruction of the militants," he added.

Tokayev has issued a number of orders to further stabilize the situation in the country, the presidential press service said.

Violent protests in Kazakhstan, particularly in the country's largest city of Almaty, have caused multiple deaths over the past days, according to various reports.

Tokayev accepted the government's resignation on Wednesday, and has sought help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

A joint CSTO peacekeeping force has arrived in Kazakhstan to take part in maintaining order, the presidential press service said Friday, adding that they came only for a limited time to ensure the protection of strategic facilities.

The peacekeeping forces include troops from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the CSTO said in a statement on its website.


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