Apr 08 2011

Kazakh Government Resigns!

Category: In The Media,KazakhstanChrisM @ 9:42 pm

Rather than a shock descent into the chaos and whiff of freedom that countries not too far from here have recently been experiencing, Kazakhstan’s government mass resignation was a run of the mill required procedure. As you may have noticed from earlier posts, Nursultan Nazarbayev was sworn back into office (after having won another election with a huge majority).

The Old Kazakh Government

According to the constitution, the entire cabinet must resign when this takes place, coincidentally giving the president an opportunity to shuffle around people. Those who are adept at politics, but whose specific skill set might be better put to use in another aspect of helping to run this country are moved sideways, those who excel in their current position are normally left alone, and anyone who has really goofed up (be it displeasing our most honourable leader, or making bad policy decisions) can find themselves out of office entirely, effectively demoted to a less important position, or retiring early.

To read Karim Massimov’s (the previous and current Prime Minister of Kazakhstan) post on this topic (in English), click here.