The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, today, Tuesday, signed a decree appointing Alikhan Smailov as prime minister, according to the press service of the Kazakh Presidency.
The presidential decree read: “Samailov Alikhan Askhanovich is appointed as Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
This was the deputies of the Kazakh parliament had approved a proposal by the President to appoint Smailov as prime minister of the country.
Ismailov, 49, was the first deputy prime minister in the previous government that Tokayev sacked last week amid violent unrest in the oil-rich Central Asian country.
It is also mentioned that Kazakhstan has been witnessing for several days a wave of protests that started with economic demands that turned into violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in a number of cities, including Almaty, the country’s largest city.