Kazakh president names chief of staff Bektenov new PM-UPDATED

Olzhas Bektenov

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# 06 February 2024 13:35 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev named his chief of staff, Olzhas Bektenov, prime minister on Tuesday, quickly securing approval from parliament which is dominated by the ruling Amanat party, APA reports citing Reuters.

Bektenov, 43, had served as the head of the state anti-corruption agency before becoming the head of the presidential administration in April 2023.

His predecessor, Alikhan Smailov, resigned on Monday without citing any particular reason for the move. Such reshuffles, however, are routine in the oil-rich nation where political power is concentrated in the hands of the president.

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Kazakhstan's ruling Amanat party has nominated Olzhas Bektenov, the head of the presidential administration, as prime minister, the presidential office said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Monday accepted the previous government's resignation, naming Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar as acting prime minister.

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