14 January 2022

Kazakh President Tokayev appoints Alikhan Smailov as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed Alikhan Smailov as Kazakhstan’s prime minister, the presidential press service reported.

On January 5, against the background of escalating protest rallies, the Kazakh president accepted the resignation of the previous government led by Askar Mamin. First Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov became the interim prime minister. Smailov, 49, has been Kazakhstan’s first deputy prime minister since May 2020.

Earlier, the Kazakh leader nominated Smailov as a candidate for the post of prime minister to the Mazhilis (lower house) and the lower house of Kazakhstan’s parliament approved his candidacy.

Source: https://tass.com

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