Political appointments

New Kazakh defense minister appointed

New Kazakh defense minister appointed

Ruslan Zhaksylykov was appointed defense minister of Kazakhstan by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday. Zhaksylykov previously served as Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard of …

New health minister appointed in Azerbaijan

New health minister appointed in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on the appointment of a new health minister. Teymur Musayev was appointed as Azerbaijan's health minister under the presidential order. It should be noted …

Talikhan Smailov appointed as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

Talikhan Smailov appointed as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed Alikhan Smailov as Kazakhstan’s prime minister on Tuesday, the presidential press service reported. "[I hereby decree] to appoint Smailov Alikhan Askhanovich as the Prime …

Armenia replaces ambassador to Russia

Armenia replaces ambassador to Russia

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian signed a decree on Wednesday recalling Vardan Toganyan from the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia. By another decree, he appointed Vagharshak Harutyunyan to the post. …

Arman Hakobyan appointed as Armenian ambassador to Israel

Arman Hakobyan appointed as Armenian ambassador to Israel

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has appointed Arman Hakobyan as the country’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Israel with residence in Tel Aviv. Arman Hakobyan will replace Armen Smbatyan, who was recalled on August …

New Georgian Health Minister appointed

New Georgian Health Minister appointed

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has appointed Zurab Azarashvili new Minister of Health of Georgia.  Azarashvili held the position of Deputy Defense Minister until now. As Azarashvili noted, working as the Minister …

Yerevan mayor removed from position

Yerevan mayor removed from position

The Council of Elders of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan removed Hayk Marutyan as mayor by a vote of 44 to 10. The Council of Elders also voted to replace Marutyan with his former deputy Hrachya Sargsyan. The My Step …

New Russian ambassador to Estonia named

New Russian ambassador to Estonia named

Russia's next ambassador to Estonia has been named, according to the document was published on Wednesday on the official web portal of legal information.  Vladimir Lipayev will replace current ambassador …

Austria's third chancellor in two months sworn in

Austria's third chancellor in two months sworn in

Austrian conservative Karl Nehammer was sworn in on Monday as Austria's third chancellor in two months, succeeding career diplomat Alexander Schallenberg, who took office on Oct. 11. Nehammer, previously interior minister, takes …

Turkey's finance minister replaced as lira crashes

Turkey's finance minister replaced as lira crashes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed a new treasury and finance minister early Thursday after Lutfi Elvan stepped down from the post as the currency has been tumbling to record lows. Erdogan named Nureddin Nebati, who was …

Putin appoints new federal penitentiary head

Putin appoints new federal penitentiary head

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dismissing Federal Penitentiary Service Director Alexander Kalashnikov, the Kremlin’s press service reported on Thursday. Handing down another decree, the Russian …

Hambardzum Matevosyan appointed Armenia's deputy PM

Hambardzum Matevosyan appointed Armenia's deputy PM

Hambardzum Matevosyan has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia. A decree to that effect was published on the website of the Armenian President.  Matevosyan has succeeded Suren Papikyan who was appointed defense minister. …

New defense minister appointed in Armenia

New defense minister appointed in Armenia

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has replaced Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan with Deputy Prime Minister Suren Papikyan, according to the decree posted on the presidential website. By another decree, Papikyan was dismissed …

Razmik Petrosyan appointed new governor of Aragatsotn province

Razmik Petrosyan appointed new governor of Aragatsotn province

The Armenian government has approved today the appointment of Razmik Petrosyan as new governor of Aragatsotn province. He is replacing the incumbent governor David Gevorgyan, ARKA reported. Gevorgyan was appointed governor in …

Putin appoints new children’s rights commissioner

Putin appoints new children’s rights commissioner

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Senator Maria Lvova-Belova as Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, according to a decree posted on the Kremlin website on Wednesday. "Maria Alexeyevna …

State Secretary of Kyrgyzstan appointed

State Secretary of Kyrgyzstan appointed

Suyunbek Kasmambetov has been appointed State Secretary of Kyrgyzstan, according to the presidential press service. The respective order was signed by Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov. Suyunbek Kasmambetov held the post of Chief …

Kazakhstan appoints new energy minister

Kazakhstan appoints new energy minister

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed former Ecology Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev as the country's new energy minister, according to a decree published on Thursday. Mirzagaliyev, 42, had been ecology minister since …