Kazakhstan

Karim Massimov returns as Prime Minister


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In a brief statement yesterday, President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Karim Kazhimkanovich Massimov as Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and relieved him of the post as Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Speaker of the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, Nurlan Nigmatulin, has been appointed as Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Massimov replaces Serik Akhmetov who resigned yesterday and who had been prime minister from September 2012. Karim Massimov was the prime minister from January 2007 to September 2012, so he is taking back his old job.

There is no official reason for the resignation of Serik Akhmetov. He is a strong loyalist of the President and the government is about to embark on preparing Kazakhstan for integration into the Eurasian Economic Union. Kazakhstan, Belarus and the Russian Federation signed an agreement to form the union in November 2011 with a target of completing the process by 2015. Although President Vladimir Putin likes to take credit for the idea of the union, it was President Nursultan Nazarbayev who first proposed the idea in a speech in 1994. It is likely that the president wanted his tried and trusted prime minister back in place to make sure the 2015 deadline was met.

The resignation of the prime minister means that the full Cabinet goes, however they will remain in place until new appointments are made and the likelihood is that there will be few changes.

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