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Kazakhstan's Nazarbaev Reshuffles Cabinet

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has made a cabinet reshuffle after he replaced the prime minister last week.

The Kazakh presidential website said on September 13 that Defense Minister Imanghali Tasmaghambetov was appointed as deputy prime minister.

Deputy Defense Minister Saken Zhasuzaqov was promoted to the post of defense minister.

Justice Minister Berik Imashev was appointed the head of the Central Election Commission. Imashev was replaced by Marat Beketaev, the deputy chief of the president’s office.

Nazarbaev's daughter, Darigha Nazarbaeva, who was deputy prime minister in the previous cabinet, was appointed a member of the parliament's upper chamber, the Senate.

The majority of cabinet ministers have retained their posts.

On September 8, Nazarbaev appointed Prime Minister Karim Masimov to the post of the chairman of the Committee for National Security.

On September 9, the Kazakh president appointed Deputy Prime Minister Baqytzhan Saghyntaev as the new prime minister.