Kazakhstan: President reshuffles officials, appoints new foreign minister

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakhstan President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev on September 18 appointed a new foreign minister, minister of industry and infrastructure development, and chief of the president’s administration.

Tokayev’s office said Mukhtar Tleuberdi has been appointed foreign minister, replacing Beibut Atamkulov, who has become minister of industry and infrastructure development.

According to the Foreign Ministry website, Tleuberdi, born in 1968, has served as first deputy minister of foreign affairs since 2016. He previously served as Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Vatican.

According to the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Beibut Atamkulov, born in 1964, graduated from the metallurgical faculty of the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute. Since 2006, he worked in the diplomatic service. He was the Consul General of Kazakhstan in Germany, Ambassador to Malaysia. He served as governor of the South Kazakhstan region, worked as executive secretary of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the Ministry of Investment and Development. From October 2016, he was minister of defense and aerospace industry, from Dec. 26, 2018, he has served as minister of foreign affairs.

The president’s office also said that Kyrymbek Kosherbaev will leave his post as chief of the president’s administration and become secretary of state.

Erlan Koshanov, previously governor of the Karagandy province, was named to replace Kosherbaev as chief of the president’s administration.

The brief statements by Tokayev’s office did not elaborate on the reasons for the reshuffle.

Sergey Kwan