President reshuffles Kazakh law enforcement personnel

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has made new appointments to the Justice and Interior Ministries, the Prosecutor General's office and the country's Supreme Court, sacking some directors and shuffling others.

Naubet Bisenov

2009-04-11

ALMATY- On April 2 and 3, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev made a series of new appointments to the Justice and Interior Ministries, the Prosecutor General's office and the country's Supreme Court, sacking some directors and shuffling others.

Kairat Mami, previously chair of the Supreme Court, was named Prosecutor General replacing Rashid Tusupbekov, who has become Minister of Justice. Former head of the Supreme Court's Civil Affairs Board Musabek Alimbekov was named chair of the Supreme Court. Zagipa Balieva was relieved of her post as Justice Minister and registered by the Central Elections Commission as a ruling party deputy in the lower house of parliament. Serik Baimaganbetov has become the new Interior Minister, having previously been a deputy in the lower house. He replaced Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov who the president made a deputy in the upper house. According to the constitution, the president has the authority to appoint 15 deputies to the upper house of Parliament, the Senate.

On April 3, the president met with the heads of law enforcement bodies at his Astana residence, Akorda, where he explained the reasons for the personnel reshuffle. He cited a series of problems that have cropped up in the law enforcement sphere during the global financial crisis, namely unsolved crimes of serious concern to the public, an inadequate fight against street crime and greater activity among organised criminal elements.

Nazarbaev asserted that the personnel moves he made will remedy the situation by improving the efficiency of the nation’s law enforcement system. “As the nation's president, I bear full responsibility for the rule of law and social order. Thus I demand that all of you meticulously observe the constitution and the law,” the president said.

At the meeting, Nazarbaev tasked the newly appointed directors to root out corruption in their institutions and raise public faith in them.

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