Nazarbayev reshuffles heads of law enforcement structures

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced a major reshuffle Dec. 11 in the nation’s law enforcement structure, reported

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Nazarbayev proposed appointing former Supreme Court Chairperson Kairat Mami to the Senate as Constitutional Council chair to replace Igor Rogov, who reached retirement age.

“Igor Rogov reached the retirement age. In accordance with the law, he is dismissed from his post. I want to thank him for his fruitful and good work. Kairat Mami is appointed as chairperson of the Constitutional Council,” he said.

Former Prosecutor General Zhakip Asanov was suggested as the candidate for Supreme Court chair.

“This choice is not accidental. We are entering the next stage of modernisation of the judicial and law enforcement system, connected with the adoption of a new law. Therefore, the new head of the judicial authority will have to ensure its effective and rapid implementation. As a result, Kazakhstan’s justice should become more progressive and fair. I believe that the candidature of Asanov fully meets the highest requirements,” said the head of state as he presented Asanov to the members of the Senate.

The President noted Asanov’s personal qualities and professional skills and expressed gratitude to Mami for his contribution in developing the country’s judicial system.

“The only thing I can promise is openness and transparency, as it was before, maybe more. The President controls this and we will be open. Especially in the framework of the President’s address, all our activities should become very transparent,” said Asanov.

Nazarbayev also appointed former Civil Affairs and Anti-Corruption Agency Chairperson Kairat Kozhamzharov as the new Prosecutor General.

“He worked in the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption for many years. He has managerial experience and experience in the prosecutor’s office. In connection with his transition to the post of Prosecutor General, Alik Shpekbayev is appointed chairperson of the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption Affairs,” he said.

Prior to the appointment, Shpekbayev served as the agency’s deputy chair. He is a member of Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Commission and president of the country’s Rock Climbing Federation.

The President once again focused on implementing qualitative and timely reforms in the country’s judicial and law enforcement system, noted the website.

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