Kazakh President makes new central and regional government appointments

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made new appointments to government positions June 12 and 13, reported the Akorda press service.

Photo credit: primeminister.kz.

Askhat Aimagambetov was appointed June 13 Minister of Education and Science. Aimagambetov previously served as Vice Minister of Education and Science from August 2017 to January 2019 and the deputy akim (governor) of the Karaganda Region. Kulyash Shamshidinova was relieved of the post of the Minister of Education and Science.

Askhat Aimagambetov. Photo credit: Kazinform.

Aimagambetov, 37, has a bachelor’s degree in history and law. He has experience in working in academia as the Political Science and Sociology professor and department chair at the Karaganda State University, his alma mater, and in the industry as the founder of media companies.

Anuar Sadykulov. Photo credit: Kazinform.

Anuar Sadykulov was appointed June 13 chief of the State Guard Service of Kazakhstan. Previously, he served as deputy chairman of the National Security Committee and the head of the Arystan National Security Committee Service. Correspondingly, Ardak Ashimbekuly was relieved of the post of chief of the State Guard Service of Kazakhstan.

Sadykulov, 51, has experience working for the Presidential Security Service and the State Guard Service.

Gali Iskaliyev. Photo credit: Kazinform.

Gali Iskaliyev was appointed Akim (Governor) of the West Kazakhstan Region Previously, he was deputy akim of the West Kazakhstan Region. Altai Kulginov, correspondingly, was relieved of this position.

Iskaliyev, 49, has a bachelor’s degree in economics. Before starting to work for the state service in 2003, Iskaliyev worked for Kazakh Turanalem and Temir banks.

Altai Kulginov. Photo credit: Kazinform.

Altai Kulginov was appointed June 13 Akim (Mayor) of Nur-Sultan. Prior to the appointment, he had been serving as the Akim of the West Kazakhstan Region since March 2016. Correspondingly, Bakhyt Sultanov was relieved of his position as Akim of Nur-Sultan.

Kulginov, 41, has graduate degrees in law and public policy, including a master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen in international commercial law that he received under the Bolashak presidential scholarship. Kulginov started his career in the Ministry of Justice and the General Prosecutor’s Office. He worked as the Akim of Uralsk from 2013 to 2016.

Tokayev has reappointed Karim Massimov as the chairman of the National Security Committee. Massimov remains in the position for which he was initially appointed Sept. 8, 2016.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev has also been reappointed by Tokayev as the head of Kazakhstan’s Presidential Administration. He was initially appointed to this position March 24.

Yerlan Battakov was reappointed as head of the Department of Presidential Affairs. This appointment was decreed by Tokayev. Battakov was initially appointed for this position March 21.

Tokayev also signed an order June 12 for governmental organisations’ heads and akims to continue working in their positions until new appointments or reappointments are made.