Karim Massimov, many years headed the Cabinet of Ministers of Kazakhstan, September 8, was suddenly replaced by a chair. President Nazarbayev dismissed him from the post of the Prime Minister and appointed him head of the Committee on homeland security. On Friday Nazarbayev chaired an expanded government meeting, which examined in detail the economic development of the country.
A new political season in Kazakhstan, according to tradition, began with a serious reshuffle. The appointment of the Prime Minister Masimov to a senior position in the security services of Kazakhstan became a sensation. Not downplaying the managerial abilities Massimov, it is difficult to imagine him as the Chairman of the KNB. But, perhaps, Nazarbayev considers it is able to protect the Republic from the growing terrorist threat over the last summer Kazakhstan shocked several high-profile terrorist attacks: attack in Aktobe, the attack on police officers in Almaty. The question is quite acute. However, as difficult economic situation. On Friday, Nazarbayev held an enlarged meeting of the government devoted to this topic.
Expert on Central Asia Arkady Dubnov in an interview with “MK” not surprised at the resignation Massimov, while noting that his appointment to head the CBN is a temporary measure. “He is an experienced and successful crisis Manager, has twice headed the government,” said Dubnov. The expert also noted that a year ago, Karim Masimov, considered as the successor of Nazarbayev. Arkady Dubnov, suggested that the President of the Republic may fear the development of the situation in Kazakhstan by Uzbek scenario. “In my opinion, Uzbek transit authority, according to which the heir to the throne was the current Prime Minister, gave the Foundation the world to keep track of whether there will be the same in Kazakhstan, — said the expert. Election could decide that the RK needs to step aside and not to create the illusion that he was a successor.” But this is only one of the possible motives for the reshuffle. “There is another version. Nazarbayev knows that the name Massimov related to walking in France, the investigation against aerospace company Airbas. French prosecutors accused the Corporation that in 2010, she gave the bribe to the Prime Minister Massimov. The amount of 12 million euros allegedly went to Kazakhstan has signed a contract with Airbas for the purchase of 45 helicopters for the sum of 2 billion euros. Perhaps, Nazarbayev decided to remove Massimov to the side so not to allow this story to get back into the public space, — suggested the expert. — And this, I’m sure coincided with a long-standing desire Masimov to resign as Prime Minister.”
Arkady Dubnov noted that, despite the appointment of a crisis Manager Massimov for the important position of head of the KNB, with the structure there is someone to watch. “The former head of the NSC, Vladimir zhumakanov, which formally changed Massimov, became an adviser to Nazarbayev, — said the expert. Therefore, the structure is not left unattended professionals. One of the Deputy heads of the NSC is the nephew of Nazarbayev. He oversees the structure. I think that Masimov is a purely political appointee”.