President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on the appointment of Alikhan Smailov as Prime Minister of the country, the press service of the head of state reported.
The government of Kazakhstan, which Smailov has headed since January 2022, resigned after the election of a new composition of the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament) on March 19. Tokayev instructed the old cabinet to perform duties until the formation of a new government. Earlier on Thursday, Smailov’s candidacy for the post of prime minister was proposed by the Amanat party that won the election, and the chamber as a whole agreed to this appointment.
“To appoint Smailov Alikhan Askhanovich as Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the text of the decree says.
Smailov, who is 50, graduated from the Kazakh State National University with a degree in applied mathematics. Later he received the qualification “Master of Public Administration” at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Forecasting under the President of the Republic. Over the years, he headed the agency for statistics, the national holding “Kazagro”, worked as deputy minister of foreign affairs, finance, assistant to the president of Kazakhstan. In September 2018, he headed the Ministry of Finance, and in February 2019, the duties of Deputy Prime Minister were added to this position. From May 2020 to January 2022 – First Deputy Prime Minister.