On January 19, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev introduced newly appointed Minister Ruslan Zhaksylykov, who replaced Murat Bektanov in this post, at the meeting with the high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, the press office of Akorda reported.
The leader of Kazakhstan noted that Zhaksylykov is a career officer, and he has a specialized education and extensive experience in this area. The newly appointed Minister has served in the internal forces for 30 years; he began his career as an officer and reached the positions of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and the Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard.
After the President had signed the document, Ruslan Zhaksylykov took an oath as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Addressing the key staff of the Ministry, the President gave specific instructions, including the task of improving technical facilities and munition of the armed forces.
Tokayev emphasised that the national army had weapons and ammunition from the Soviet period, and some of them were made 30 to 50 years ago. The President instructed to take urgent measures to upgrade the armed forces with high-tech weapons and equipment.