Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 6 / Trend K. Konyrova/
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov will probably leave his post following the creation of a new government, Kazakh president's adviser Yermukamet Yertisbayev told Kazakh republican newspaper Liter.
"It will be a great temptation to leave Karim Massimov on the post of Prime Minister because he has invaluable experience in overcoming financial and socio-economic crisis," Yertisbayev said. "But society and especially political elite have substantial expectations of enormous change. A change of prime minister will be a key factor in the upcoming changes."
Yertisbayev said that the most likely candidate for Prime Minister's post in the new Government is incumbent First Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev.
According to Yertisbayev, the other likely candidate for the position of new Prime Minister is Timur Kulibayev who heads the Kazakh National Welfare Fund Samruk Kazyna and works closely with the government.
But if Massimov resigns, the post of the prime minister will most probably be occupied by Shukeyev. Kulibayev will be the first vice-premier, because he has not worked in the highest executive and administrative authorities offices so far.
The early parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan will take place on Jan. 15, 2012. According to the constitution, the Kazakh government should resign following the creation of a new parliament.
Edited by E. Kosolapova