President Makes New High-Level Government Appointments

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Sept. 8 made new appointments to government positions, reported the press service of the Akorda Presidential Residence.

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Karim Massimov. Photo: Turar Kazangapov. Tengrinews.

Former Prime Minister Karim Massimov was appointed Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan.  In this position, he replaced Vladimir Zhumakanov, who was appointed advisor to the President. In turn, ex-First Deputy Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev was appointed acting prime minister.

According to the Presidential decree, the current government will perform its duties until the new composition is approved.

The decree comes into force from the date of signing, reported the press release.

The senate gave its consent to the appointment of Massimov as chairman of the KNB. Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev chaired a meeting of the Senate on Sept. 8.

Previously, Massimov headed the Cabinet of Ministers in from 2007 until 2012.  From 2012 to 2014, he served as the head of the Presidential Administration. On April 2, 2014 he was appointed prime minister for a second time.

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