The president of Kazakhstan has declared a two-week state of emergency in parts of the country after protests over fuel price rises turned violent.
Big demonstrations were reported in several areas across the country.
Police in Almaty, the country’s biggest city, used tear gas to contain crowds after vehicles were set on fire.
A decree issued by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday said that he had accepted the government’s resignation amid the unrest
It also appointed the nation’s deputy prime minister, Alikhan Smailov, as the new prime minister on an interim basis.
The emergency measures there will include an overnight curfew and a ban on mass gatherings, according to official documents cited by Reuters