Kazakh ex-president’s daughter leaves parliament | The Guardian Nigeria News


The oldest daughter of Kazakhstan’s ex-president has stepped down from parliament, election authorities said Friday, the latest indicator of the former first family’s decline in the oil-rich Central Asian state.

Kazakhstan was last month rocked by violence that left more than 200 dead and which authorities blamed on “terrorists”, despite compelling evidence of an internal power struggle.

Russia-led troops were sent in to help calm the unrest.

Dariga Nazarbayeva, 58, was once considered a potential successor to her father Nursultan Nazarbayev, who served as head of state for three decades in the vast former Soviet republic before handing power to loyalist Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

But her political demise was confirmed Friday after the Central Election Commission (CEC) accepted her resignation from her parliamentary seat, the body said in a statement.

Nazarbayev, now 81, was widely perceived as calling the shots in the nation of 19 million people until the…

Source: Guardian Newspaper