Turkmen leader tightens controls after unrest in Kazakhstan

The autocratic leader of Turkmenistan has ordered his authorities to tighten controls over the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation in the wake of huge protests in neighboring Kazakhstan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader ordered his authorities Thursday to tighten controls over the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation following huge protests in neighboring Kazakhstan.

In televised remarks, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov informed officers to extra intently management the web to “expose and limit (online) sources that unfold false data and harm the nation’s constitutional order.”

He additionally ordered native authorities to tighten the oversight of inner migration flows and make certain that they register all those that transfer from one area to a different.

The Turkmen president directed the National Security Ministry to strengthen the safety of the nation’s residents from the affect of overseas radical and extremist teams.

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Berdymukhamedov, 64, has dominated the gas-rich desert nation since 2006 by means of an all-encompassing persona cult that kinds him as Turkmenistan’s “arkadaq,” or protector.

His assertion follows huge protests that rocked the neighboring ex-Soviet nation of Kazakhstan this month.

The demonstrations, sparked by public outrage over a pointy rise in gas prices, shortly engulfed the whole nation and descended into violence for a number of days, with dozens killed in clashes, authorities buildings stormed and torched and shops looted.

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has blamed the unrest on foreign-backed “terrorists” and requested help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russia-led army alliance of six ex-Soviet states. Last week, the bloc despatched over 2,000 troops, who started to tug out from Kazakhstan Thursday after Tokayev declared their mission achieved.

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