New head appointed to Kazakh Mangistau region hit by riots
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.22 / Trend, E.Kosolapova/
Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov has been appointed as new head of the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan, where mass riots took place earlier, KAZINFORM reported on Thursday.
On Friday mass riots took place in the Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen in the Mangistau region which killed 15 and injured about 100 people. Buildings and cars were set on fire, property of physical and legal entities was destroyed.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree to impose a state of emergency in the area from Saturday. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, situation in the Zhanaozen city is gradually stabilizing.
On Dec.17 a group of people blocked the movement of the Mangyshlak-Aktobe passenger train at Shetpe railway station in the Mangistau region. According to spokesman for the prosecutor general's office Nurdaulet Suindikov, the group that blocked the train chanted slogans supporting the rioters in Zhanaozen. As a result there was an hour long delay to several passenger and nine freight trains, over 10 people were injured, while one died.
Some disorders were observed in Aktau since Dec.18.
Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov was born on Nov. 26, 1960. He has higher education. He graduated from Kazakh Kirov State University. He is a lawyer and Doctor in Law.
He is member of the Kazakh Parliament's Senate, Committee on International Relations, Defense and Security.