President Nazarbayev nominated Mr Akhmetov to replace Mr Massimov - and the proposal was supported by deputies in the Majilis (lower house of parliament).
According to Kazakhstan’s constitution, the new Prime Minister should present the Head of State with the composition of a new government in the coming days (already Serik Abdenov has been appointed Minister of Labor & Social Protection and Yerbolat Dossayev, the Minister of Economic Development & Trade). “I believe that this appointment will allow us to prepare for the new wave of the [financial crisis] which is approaching” said President Nazarbayev on Monday.
Mr Akhmetov was First Deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan since January this year. He has served variously as the Minister of Transport and Communications, as the First Deputy Mayor of Astana and the Mayor of Karaganda Oblast. He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Atameken National Union of Entrepreneurs & Employers, and in August 2012 he was made Board Chairman of KazAgro - Kazakhstan's national holding to stimulate development of the agricultural sphere.
Serik Akhmetov was born in 1958 in the Karaganda region. He holds a degree in metallurgical engineering and pursued his PhD studies in economics at the Academy of Management in Russia. Mr Akhmetov is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Karim Massimov has been appointed head of Kazakhstan’s Presidential Administration. He served as Prime Minister since January 2007.