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Kazakh president dismisses government, potentially seeking to limit social protests, with subsequent policy changes likely

22 February 2019


On 21 February, President Nursultan Nazarbayev issued a televised statement requesting the government, led by Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, to resign.

Nazarbayev cited its failure to “create real stimuli and instruments for qualitative growth of economy” and inability to “work with the population” as the primary reasons for its dismissal. On the same day, Sagintayev submitted a resignation letter on behalf of the cabinet, which was accepted. By Nazarbayev’s order, Sagintayev’s First Deputy Askar Mamin has assumed the position of Acting Prime Minister until a new cabinet is formed, while its prior members will continue serving in an interim capacity.

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