World Bulletin/News Desk
Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, who had managed Central Asia's largest economy since September 2012, said on Wednesday that he had resigned.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed the head of his staff, Karim Masimov, as the next prime minister of the oil-producing Central Asian state, the presidential press service announced via Twitter on Wednesday.
Nazarbayev accepted the resignation of Serik Akhmetov as prime minister earlier on Wednesday. Members of the lower house of parliament are expected to vote on Karimov's nomination in the coming hours.
Akhmetov, 55, is a devoted loyalist of Nazarbayev. He started his career at the same steel plant in Temirtau as the president and later rose through the ranks of the Soviet Communist party.
He said that under the law his cabinet had resigned with him, but the ministers would continue carrying out their duties before a new government is formed.
"I hope that this composition of the government will be mainly preserved and will continue working for the future of our motherland," Akhmetov told the cabinet.
His successor will face a major task of preparing Kazakhstan's integration into the Eurasian Economic Union which will unite Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The union, to be formed by 2015, is widely seen as a regional counterbalance to the European Union.
Kazakhstan is the second-largest post-Soviet oil producer after Russia.Last Mod: 02 Nisan 2014, 16:14