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ASTANA, September 24 (Itar-Tass) — President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has dismissed Prime Minister Karim Massimov. “President Nazarbayev has relieved Massimov of the duties of prime minister in connection with a resignation notice he submitted,” the press service of the Kazakh head of state reported on Monday.
The presidential decree that was released by the press service says that “in accordance with Article 70 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I decree: to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to stay in office until the approval of the new government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
Local observers believe that the main candidate for the vacant position is First Deputy Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov who held the post since January 2012.
As for Massimov, presidential adviser Yermukhamet Yertysbayev said that in his view, Massimov will become head of the presidential administration. The president said this several days ago. “Over five and a half years on the post of prime minister Massimov has approved himself as one of the strongest executives in the country. He was also engaged in economic management, quite successfully, in my opinion. Now some important questions have arisen in terms of political management, with which the presidential administration deals,” the adviser said.
Meanwhile, President Nazarbayev appointed Massimov as the head of the Kazakh presidential administration, according to the presidential decree made public by his press service.
On September 21, President Nazarbayev dismissed the head of his administration, Aslan Musin, who occupied this post since October 2008.