Kazakh lower house votes to keep in place govt of PM Masimov
Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Masimov (L) inspects an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 31, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

ASTANA: Kazakhstan’s lower house of parliament voted on Friday to keep in place the government of Prime Minister Karim Masimov after a parliamentary election in which the ruling Nur Otan party retained its overwhelming majority.

The vote is a constitutional procedure which automatically follows elections. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who also leads Nur Otan, said last week he saw no need for a major government reshuffle.

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