A reshuffle of the cabinet has taken place in Kazakhstan, with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev looking to put a challenging period behind him and revitalize his plans for economic reforms. Newly appointed Prime Minister Oljas Bektenov will oversee the daily operations of the government, bringing with him a law degree and experience in Kazakhstan’s law enforcement and anti-corruption bodies. Before becoming prime minister, he served as head of President Tokayev’s inner circle as head of the presidential administration for more than a year.
President Tokayev’s decision to appoint Bektenov as prime minister suggests a potential push for economic reform measures that have faced resistance in the past. As the country looks to recover from a period of challenges, it remains to be seen what new strategies and policies Bektenov and the Tokayev administration will introduce to stimulate economic growth and development. The restructuring is a clear indication that President Tokayev wants to continue his economic reform agenda and is looking for new leadership to help drive this change. With Bektenov’s experience in law enforcement and anti-corruption, there is potential for a renewed focus on addressing these issues as part of the government’s reform efforts. Overall, the cabinet reshuffle signals a fresh start for Kazakhstan’s economic reform plans under President Tokayev.