Asqar Mamin Appointed as New Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
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Asqar Mamin Appointed as New Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Newly appointed prime minister of Kazakhstan - Asqar Mamin introducing the ministers appointed by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on February 26, 2019, in Astana. / Source: KAZINFORM

Image Attribute: Newly appointed prime minister of Kazakhstan - Asqar Mamin introducing the ministers appointed by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on February 26, 2019, in Astana. / Source: KAZINFORM

On February 25, 2019, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed Asqar Mamin as nation's new prime minister, days after the Bakytzhan Sagintayev-led government was abruptly sacked citing failures to boost the economy and raise people's living standards.

"The head of state has signed an order to appoint Mamin as the Kazakh prime minister," Nursultan Nazarbaev’s press office (akorda.kz) said in a post to Twitter on February 25. The announcement came four days after Nazarbayev sacked the previous government.

The 53-year-old Mamin, who had served as First Deputy Prime Minister from September 9, 2016, to February 21, 2019, was then appointed as acting prime minister. He also serves as the President of the Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation, a position he assumed in 2008. Previously he was the President of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the national railway company of Kazakhstan and also, as Mayor of Astana (2006-2008) and Minister of Transport and Communication in the Government of Kazakhstan (2005-2006). Mamin is a member of the ruling Nur Otan political party.

The "New Composition" of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan led by Mamin is as follows (appointed by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan);
  • Asqar Mamin as the Prime Minister
  • Alikhan Smailov as the First Deputy Prime Minister  
  • Zhenis Kassymbek as the Deputy Prime Minister 
  • Gulshara Abdykalikova as the Deputy Prime Minister  
  • Beibut Atamkulov as the Minister of Foreign Affairs  
  • Nurlan Yermekbayev as the Minister of Defense 
  • Yerlan Turgumbayev as the Minister of Internal Affairs  
  • Dauren Abayev as the Minister of Information and Social Development  
  • Marat Beketayev as the Minister of Justice  
  • Yelzhan Birtanov as the Minister of Healthcare  
  • Arystanbek Mukhamediuly as the Minister of Culture and Sports 
  • Askar Zhumagaliyev as the Minister of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry 
  • Kanat Bozumbayev as the Minister of Energy 
  • Berdibek Saparbayev as the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population 
  • Saparkhan Omarov as the Minister of Agriculture 
  • Kulyash Shamshidinova as the Minister of Education and Science
  • Roman Skylar as the Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development  
  • Ruslan Dalenov as the Minister of National Economy  
  • Yerbolat Dossayev as the Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan

According to local media reports, on February 26, 2019, the members of the "New Composition" gathered for the first sitting at Astana. 

With reporting by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty