Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov has resigned today. It has been accepted by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Akhmetov was appointed Prime Minister in September 2012.
FACTS ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN
Location: Central Asia, south of Russia and northwest of China
Comparative Area: Ninth largest in the world, equivalent to the size of Western Europe. Four times the size of Texas. Five times the size of France
Independence: December 16, 1991
National Holiday: Republic Day, October 25 (1991)
Population: 14.9 million
Ethnic Diversity: Kazakh 51.8%, Russian 31.4%, Ukrainian 4.4%, Tatar 1.7%, German 1.6%. There are over 100 other nationalities.
Religions: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, other 9%
Languages: Kazakh, spoken by over 52% of the population, is the state language. Russian, spoken by two-thirds of the population, is used in everyday business and enjoys official status under the Constitution.
Monetary Unit: Tenge (KZT) - equal to 100 tyins. It was introduced on November 15, 1993. Exchange rate is floating, fully convertible and recently has moved in a range of 145 - 155 KZT to the dollar.
Capital: Astana (since December 10,1997).