PM appointed to head presidential staff
President Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed former Prime Minister Karim Masimov as his Chief of staff. The former forty-seven year old prime minister handed in his resignation on Monday morning after nearly six years in the post and was promptly made Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to give him his correct title.
The new prime minister has been named as Serik Akhmetov. The new prime minister was First Deputy Prime Minister from January to September 2012. Prior to that he had been governor of Karagandy Oblast from 2009 and between 2006 and 2009 was Minister of Transport and Communications. The 54 year old is also a Doctor of Economic Sciences.