Kazakh PM resigns

ASTANA, January 8 (RIA Novosti) – Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov has resigned, a government official said Monday.

Under Kazakhstan's legislation, a premier's departure means resignation of the entire government.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has accepted the resignation and is now expected to submit a replacement candidacy to a joint session of both houses of parliament January 10.

Akhmetov, 52, was in the premier's office since June 2003.

RIA Novosti // Jan. 08, 2007 - 17:04 GMT