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Bakytzhan Sagintayev presented new Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society of Kazakhstan

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“Today the Head of State signed a decree on appointing Nurlan Yermekbayev an assistant to the President � Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dismissing the Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev expressed gratitude to Nurlan Yermekbayev for the work done.

“Since the formation of the department the work of the ministry has been built in one and a half years under his leadership, all necessary regulatory and legal acts have been adopted, a professional team has been formed,” Bakytzhan Sagintayev said and wished success to Nurlan Yermekbayev in his further professional activities.

By the decrees of the Head of State, Darkhan Kaletayev was appointed the Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society, and his powers as a deputy of the Senate of the Parliament were terminated.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted the professional qualities of Darkhan Kaletayev, who in different years actively participated in the socio-cultural and public life of the country. Tasks to fulfill the instructions of the Head of State have been assigned to the new leadership and the staff of the ministry.

For reference: The Ministry for Religious Affairs and Civil Society was established by the Decree of the President N.Nazarbayev “On Measures for Further Improvement of the Public Administration System of the Republic of Kazakhstan” dated September 13, 2016. The Ministry was assigned the tasks of cooperation with religious associations, ensuring the rights of citizens to freedom of religion, interaction of the state and the civil sector, as well as youth policy.

Darkhan Kaletayev was born in 1972 in the East Kazakhstan region.

He graduated from the East Kazakhstan State University, the National Higher School of Public Administration. His major is a history teacher, manager of public administration. He is a Doctor of Political Sciences.

He began his labor activity in 1995 as an expert of the Committee on Languages at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Worked in the Ministries of Education and Culture; Information and Public Consent. Since 2002 � Head of the sector, Socio-Political Department, Department of State Control and Organizational Work of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2007-2008 he served as Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, in 2008-2009 � First Deputy Chairman of the Nur Otan People’s Democratic Party, in 2009-2016 � the Managing Director of JSC Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund.

In October 2016, by the Presidential Decree, he was appointed deputy of the Senate of the Parliament. Since September 2017 � member of the Committee on International Relations, Defense and Security of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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