Kazakh PM resigns, government to be dissolved

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Serik Ahmedov has announced his resignation at a cabinet meeting Wednesday, an unexpected development that will lead to the dissolution of the government.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev accepted Ahmedov's resignation, but the ministers of his government will continue in their posts until a new government is formed.

Ahmedov, aged 55, has served as the prime minister since September 2012, replacing former prime minister Karimov Masimov.

So far no statement has been released as to the reason for his resignation.

Nazarbayev, on accepting Ahmedov's resignation, announced former prime minister Karimov Masimov as a replacement candidate, a move welcomed by Parliament Speaker Nurlan Nigmatullin.

Masimov served as the prime minister from 2007 to 2012 and is considered effective at drawing foreign investment to Kazakhstan.

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