August 6, 2014 / 9:17 AM / 5 years ago

Kazakh president appoints head of new energy ministry

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday appointed Vladimir Shkolnik, the head of national uranium company Kazatomprom, as head of a reorganised energy ministry.

Nazarbayev, who heads Central Asia’s largest economy and the second-largest ex-Soviet oil producer after Russia, told a government meeting that Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin would now serve as Shkolnik’s first deputy in the new ministry.

The new energy ministry will be based on the former oil and gas ministry.

(Corrects to show Kazakhstan second-largest ex-Soviet producer, paragraph 2)

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov. Editing by Jane Merriman

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