Thursday, January 11, 2007

Nazarbayev shuffles the government

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Before going to bed, I noticed that the Kazakhstan government had already changed significantly. Without going into too much detail, the following changes have been announced:

Nurtay Abykayev will no longer be the speaker of the senate and will become the ambassador to Russia.

Tokayev has taken over as speaker of the senate, while Marat Tazhin takes over Tokayev's old job as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As already noted, Karim Masimov becomes the Prime Minister while Daniyal Akhmetov has moved to Minister of Defense.

All in all, Nazarbayev has succeeded in forming yet another balance of power groups - with people known to be close to Timur Kulibayev, Dariga Nazarbayev and Rakhat Aliyev, and Alexander Mashkevich all in high positions. In general, it appears as if the position of Timur Kulibayev may be on the rise (as predicted here on Monday), but it is also noteworthy that the person in line to succeed the president in the event he is incapacitated is generally seen as a client of Dairga.

Time, however, can only tell whether these changes will bring an alteration of policy.


Anonymous Мухтар said...

Я не думаю, что это совсем так. Kulibayev's guy is no longer #2 - this is a big blow. And he has same positoin as was occupying before him Mr. Sarsenbayev. So, is not a good "promotion" for Abykayev -- "Mr. North Korean Migs."

5:21 PM  
Anonymous KZBlog said...

Mykhtar, I disagree. It sounds like a classic compromise. One person gets lots of smaller things and one person gets one big thing. Although that one big thing is huge if something happens to 01 (dai bog nothing will happen).

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What basis do you have for suggesting that Tokayev is a client of Darigha's? From his autobiography, he appears to be a lifelong foreign service officer, and I can't find a reference to Darigha anywhere. Is it possible that Tokayev, who has been mentioned for the head post before, might be Nazarbayev's guy? Also, it's interesting to note that Tokayev and Masimov both speak fluent Chinese.

3:46 AM  

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