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Tokayev: Half of Kazakhstan’s wealth is owned by 162 people, and the population has almost nothing to live on

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at a meeting with representatives of big business, admitted that there is deep social inequality in the country.

“International experts, in particular KPMG, claim that only 162 people own half of Kazakhstan’s wealth. While half of the population has a monthly income that does not exceed 50,000 tenge, or a little more than $1,300 a year. It is almost impossible to live on such money. The situation needs to be urgently changed, and a lot depends on you, dear entrepreneurs, ”Sputnik quotes the head of state.

In his opinion, in Kazakhstan, oligopoly is a constant desire to diversify business in the same hands, but not in the diversification of the country’s economy.

At the same time, Tokayev pointed out that the main beneficiaries of the country’s economic growth are limited elite groups, while the return for the state and ordinary citizens is extremely low.

“This is a serious threat to the security of our state. This can lead to an economic, social, and then political split in society, and the first signs of such a crisis have already come to the surface, ”the president emphasized.

Recall that shortly after the New Year, mass protests broke out in Kazakhstan, which escalated into street battles and clashes with the “siloviki”. The catalyst for the unrest, which lasted six days and resulted in the death of more than 220 people, including civilians, was a sharp increase in the price of liquefied gas. Later, the protesters began to demand, in particular, the holding of new elections, consideration of the issue of lustration of people from the “clan” of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A state of emergency was introduced on the territory of the country, and the government was dismissed. To stabilize the situation, President Tokayev turned to his CSTO partners for help. Collective peacekeeping forces were sent to the republic, which have already completed their mission and left the country.

Source: Rosbalt

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