President Nazarbayev had proposed First Deputy Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov to replace Mr Massimov as Prime Minister and the proposition has been unanimously supported by deputies in the Majilis, the Lower House of Kazakhstan’s Parliament. Mr Akhmetov has previously served as Akim of Karaganda Oblast.
According to the President’s adviser Yermukhamed Yertysbayev, Mr Massimov “has proved to be one of the most efficient managers in the country. He successfully performed economic management. There are currently several important issues in terms of political management which is the raison d’être of the Presidential Administration.”
Mr Massimov thanked the President for the “high confidence he had in me all these years,” and the government for their work: “We did our best to live up to the confidence of the President. I would like to thank all the government members for all the years of our joint work. It has been an important and efficient time.”
Karim Massimov served as Kazakhstan Prime-Minister since January 10, 2007. In 2001-2003 he was deputy head of Kazakhstan’s government, then he served as the President’s Assistant.
In 2006 he worked as deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan.
Last week Kazakhstan’s President relieved Aslan Mussin from his position of head of the Presidential Administration by appointing him head of the Accounts Commission.