Kazakh PM Smailov set to keep job after election

Kazakhstan's national flag flies in Astana
FILE PHOTO-Kazakhstan's national flag flies in front of a building of the Mazhilis, the lower house of Kazakhstan's Parliament, in Astana, Kazakhstan January 13, 2023. REUTERS/Turar Kazangapov

ALMATY, March 30 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's ruling Amanat party nominated Alikhan Smailov, prime minister since January 2022, for the same position on Thursday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's office said, meaning he was certain to retain the job.

Smailov, 50, and other cabinet members resigned automatically after the March 19 snap parliamentary election, and Tokayev now needs to appoint a new government.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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