Kazakh president removes ex-leader from post amid worst unrest in decade

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By Olzhas Auyezov ALMATY (Reuters) -Kazakhstan’s president stripped his powerful predecessor of a role as head of the country’s security council on Wednesday after demonstrators stormed and torched public buildings in the republic’s worst unrest for more than a decade. The cabinet resigned, but that failed to quell days of demonstrations initially triggered by a New Year’s Day fuel price rise but quickly encompassing wider political demands. Protesters chanted slogans against Nursultan Nazarbayev, 81, who had retained wide authority since stepping down in 2019 as president after three decades …

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