[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Kazakhstan's prime minister resigns
Reasons behind resignation of Karim Massimov, former Soviet nation's longest serving prime minister, are unclear.
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 15:30
Karim Massimov and his replacement, Serik Akhmetov, are close allies of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [AFP]

The prime minister of Kazakhstan has resigned after leading the oil-rich Central Asian nation for five years and shepherding its economy through the global financial crisis.

Karim Massimov's resignation was accepted on Monday by a presidential decree, which also resulted in his appointment to the position of head of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration.

Massimov was the longest-serving head of government in the former Soviet nation's history and is widely respected in the international investor community.

Real power in Kazakhstan is held by Nazarbayev, but Massimov has been seen as an influential and competent steward of economic affairs.

His resignation had been expected, and is widely seen as an attempt by Nazarbayev to consolidate power.

A government source told the AFP news agency that Massimov's place will be taken by Serik Akhmetov, first deputy prime minister. 

137

Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.