Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will have to coordinate the appointment of most ministers with his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, according to a presidential decree published on Monday.
The move has further expanded the 79-year-old Nazarbayev’s sweeping powers, which he retained after stepping down in March.
According to the decree, Nazarbayev, as President of the Security Council, will approve all but three ministers before Tokayev can appoint them. The exceptions are the ministers of defence, interior and foreign affairs, but these appointments must also be discussed with the Security Council.
A similar procedure will affect the appointment of akims – heads of regions – and a number of other high-ranking officials.