The Nazarbayev Dynasty

by Nathan Hamm on 9/12/2004 · 2 comments

The daughter is Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev is in great position to become the new speaker of the parliament:

Mother-of-three Nazarbayeva founded her party, Asar (All Together), only last December. Yet it did not take people long to decide that it was worth joining. The party now claims 170,000 members, and 11 parliamentary representatives have transferred their allegiance to it from other parties – eight more than the largest opposition party in parliament, the Communist Party of Kazakhstan (KPK).

Asar is widely expected to gain the highest number of seats in the mazhilis (parliament), which would result in Nazarbayeva becoming Speaker, and constitutionally in line to succeed her father if he were to fall ill or be forced to step down.

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Dan September 13, 2004 at 3:32 am

I predict that Akmolinsk Tselinograd Aqmola Astana will become Nazarbayevabad once Nursultan goes bye-bye.

Tom September 13, 2004 at 6:40 am

And the fact that a significant number of precincts will be equipped with a largely untested electronic voting system that relies on bar codes and handheld scanners can’t hurt Dariga’s chances.

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