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Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Masimov inspects an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 31, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

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ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Prime Minister Karim Masimov as chairman of the state security service on Thursday.

Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev will serve as acting head of the cabinet, according to the order published by Nazarbayev's office.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov)

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