Kazakh President decrees reshuffles in government and administration

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed the heads of Syrbar Foreign Intelligence Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the new Secretary of the Security Council, the Ak Orda press service announced Feb. 13 on their Twitter page.

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According to the decree, the President reappointed Gabit Baizhanov as the Director of Syrbar Foreign Intelligence Service. Baizhanov served as Assistant to the President, the Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan from Sept. 19. Prior to that, he served as the director of the foreign intelligence service since 2015. Baizhanov worked as Deputy Director of the Barlau Service of the National Security Committee in 2006. From 2009 to 2015, he was the first deputy director of the Syrbar Foreign Intelligence Service.

Now former Director Issatai Sartayev was reappointed to his past post as Deputy Director of Syrbar. He had been working as the director of the intelligence service for almost half a year. Before that, he served as the deputy director of the intelligence service from 2009 to 2015. Then, he was the first deputy director of the Syrbar for three years.

Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, the longest-serving Minister of Internal Affairs in the country’s independent history, took Baizhanov’s post as the Secretary of the Security Council and Assistant to the President. Yerlan Turgumbayev, formerly Deputy Minister since 2012, took the Kassymov’s post as the Minister of Internal Affairs.

The Syrbar Foreign Intelligence Service is Kazakhstan’s special state body directly subordinate to the President, which is an integral part of the nation’s security and sovereignty system. The President established the service with a Feb. 17 decree in 2009, after the disbandment of its predecessor, the Barlau service.