Kazakh President appoints new government

President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Askar Mamin new Prime Minister.
Kazakh President appoints new government
26 February 10:36 2019 Print This Article

Mamin, who had been First Deputy Prime Minister, has been leading the interim government, after the President dismissed Feb. 21 the government led by Bakhytzhan Sagintayev over what he termed its failure to improve living standards.

Before working as first deputy prime minister for more than two years, Mamin, 53, headed Kazakhstan Temir Zholy for eight years, and had previously been the Mayor of Astana and the Minister of Transport and Communications.

The president is expected to set the main tasks for the government at the congress of the Nur Otan Party Feb. 27 in Astana.

Nazarbayev decreed reorganisation of the government’s ministries to improve the public administration system.

According to the decree, the Ministry of Information and Communications will terminate its work. The President transfers its functions and powers in the field of information to the Ministry of Social Development transforming it into the Ministry of Information and Social Development. Dauren Abayev, former Minister of Information and Communications, will head the newly formed ministry.

The rest of the functions and powers of the ministry, namely, communications, informatisation, e-government, public policy development in the provision of public services is now among responsibilities of the Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry that is also renamed as the Ministry of Digital Development, Defence and Aerospace Industry. The presidential decree appointed former Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev as the minister in the new governing body.

Kulyash Shamshidinova, formerly board chair of the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, became new Minister of Education and Science replacing Yerlan Sagadiyev.

Former Finance Minister Alikhan Smailov became First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Smailov had been an Assistant to the President over the years. Before that, he chaired the national Agency of Statistics.

The President also appointed Berdibek Saparbayev as Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.

Saparkhan Omarov was appointed Minister of Agriculture. Previously, he was the chair of the Committee on Agrarian Issues of the Mazhilis.

Roman Sklyar became new Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development.

Gulshara Abdykalikova, former Secretary of State, was also appointed as Deputy Prime Minister.

Ruslan Dalenov, who had been First Vice Minister of National Economy, from now on heads the ministry.

As for the rest of the ministers, the President decreed to reappoint ministers for their earlier positions. Beibut Atamkulov remained Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nurlan Yermekbayev stayed on as Minister of Defence, Yerlan Turgumbaev as Minister of Internal Affairs, Marat Beketayev as Minister of Justice, Yelzhan Birtanov as Minister of Healthcare, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly as Minister of Culture and Sports and Kanat Bozumbayev as Minister of Energy.

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