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Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies after president quits

Credit: Reuters Studio
Published on March 22, 2019 - Duration: 00:55s

Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies after president quits

Protesters took to the streets three days after the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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Police arrested dozens of opposition supporters staging rallies in Kazakhstan's two major cities on Friday (March 22), three days after the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, according to Reuters witnesses.

Nazarbayev resigned earlier this week, saying a new generation of leaders was needed.

Senate speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was made interim president.

Nazarbayev's daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva was elected speaker in Tokayev's place.

Nazarbayev's foe, fugitive banker and opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov who organized the protests, has accused the 78-year-old politician of planning a dynastic succession that would see his daughter succeed him.

The Ablyazov-led DVK movement has been declared extremist in the former Soviet republic and he himself is wanted at home on charges ranging from fraud to murder - all of which he denies.

Police, including officers in full riot gear, quickly detained virtually all the protesters who shouted "Shame!" as they were bundled off.

Public rallies are illegal in Kazakhstan without the authorities' permission.

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