MOSCOW — The eldest daughter of Kazakhstan’s outgoing longtime leader was appointed speaker of parliament on Wednesday, fueling speculation that she may succeed her father as president after next year’s election.
Her appointment comes a day after her father, 78-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev, surprised many by announcing he was resigning after nearly 30 years in office — or all of Kazakhstan’s time as an independent nation. Nazarbayev said it was time for a new generation to rule.
Though Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, speaker of the upper chamber of parliament, was officially sworn in as interim president on Wednesday, Nazarbayev will likely continue to wield considerable …read more
Source: San Francisco Chronicle