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Kazakh President Reshuffles Key Government Posts

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed numerous decrees Feb. 6 relieving some key ministers from their posts and appointing others after the government’s dismissal the day before, reported the Akorda presidential office.
Earlier in the day, Olzhas Bektenov was appointed the new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

The new composition of the government was announced the same day after the candidacy of Bektenov, 43, had been approved for the post of the Prime Minister by the Mazhilis, the lower house of Parliament.

Retaining their position were First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar, Deputy Prime Minister – Chief of Staff of the Kazakh Government Galymzhan Koishybayev, Deputy Prime Minister Tamara Duissenova, Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhumangarin, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Nurtleu, Minister of Defense Ruslan Zhaksylykov, Minister of Internal Affairs Yerzhan Sadenov, Minister of Justice Azamat Yeskarayev, Minister of Energy Almasadam Satkaliyev, Minister of Agriculture Aidarbek Saparov, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin, Minister of Education Gani Beisembayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Erlan Nysanbayev, Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Nurzhan Nurzhigitov, Minister of Culture and Information Aida Balayeva, Minister of Tourism and Sports Yermek Marzhikpayev, Minister of Transport Marat Karabayev, Minister of Labor and Social Protection Svetlana Zhakupova, Minister of Industry and Construction Kanat Sharlapayev and Minister of Trade and Integration Arman Shakkaliyev.

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