11 Jan 2022 15:17

New Kazakh govt formed, foreign, defense, interior ministers retain their positions

NUR-SULTAN. Jan 11 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed an executive order to appoint members of the new national government, the presidential press service said.

Roman Sklyar, Yeraly Tugzhanov and Mukhtar Tleuberdi will remain deputy prime ministers, while Tleuberdi will also serve as the foreign minister.

Positions have also been retained by Defense Minister Murat Bektanov, Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev, Agriculture Minister Yerbol Karashukeyev, Education and Science Minister Askhat Aimagambetov, Labor and Social Protection Minister Serik Shapkenov, Finance Minister Yerulan Zhamaubayev, Emergency Situations Minister Yury Ilyin, Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Minister Badat Musin, and Ecology Minister Serikkali Brekeshev.

Azhar Giniyat, former deputy health minister, will now be serving as the health minister.

Askar Umarov will be the new minister of information and social development. He has been promoted from the position of a deputy minister of information and social development.

Kanat Musin will be the justice minister. Musin, 56, was in charge of the Administrative Panel of the Kazakh Supreme Court and served as a Supreme Court Judge since June 2021.

Kairbek Uskenbayev will be the minister of industry and infrastructural development. He formerly served as a first deputy minister of industry and infrastructural development.

Former first deputy chief of the presidential administration Dauren Abayev will be the minister of culture and sport.

Alibek Kuantyrov, former deputy economy minister, will be the new economy minister.

Bolat Akchulakov, former Asset Managing Director of the Samruk-Kazyna wealth fund, will be the energy minister.

Bakhyt Sultanov will be a deputy prime minister and the minister of trade and integration.