The Mazhilis (lower house) of the Kazakh parliament has supported the candidacy of Alikhan Smailov proposed by the President for the post of the country's prime minister as ORDA Kazakhstan portal reported.
"Alikhan Smailov, the newly elected prime minister of Kazakhstan promises to continue the economic and social initiatives laid down by the head of state," the report said.
Tokayev signed a corresponding decree after parliament voted to appoint Smailov as prime minister.
The new head of the government promised that the cabinet will hear all requests and demands of the Kazakh people.
Smailov is 49 years old, born in Almaty. He graduated in 1994 from the Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University, majoring in applied science. He graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in applied mathematics in 1994 and in 1996 he graduated from the Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
For the last four years, he served as Minister of Finance, and from 2015 to 2018, he was an assistant to the president of Kazakhstan.
In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.
After a couple of days of anti-government protests, the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.
On January 5, a state of emergency was declared all over Kazakhstan amid massive fuel price protests.
Besides, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place. Already 2,500 military personnel from CSTO countries have arrived in Kazakhstan.
An anti-terrorist operation is under way, and authorities say they have all government facilities under control. President Tokayev has authorized the security forces to open fire on "criminals" without warning.