March 20, 2019 / 8:59 AM / 7 months ago

Nazarbayev's daughter gets Kazakhstan's No.2 role

FILE PHOTO: Dariga Nazarbayeva, daughter of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the country's Deputy Prime Minister, attends celebrations to mark Kazakhstan People's Unity Day in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

ASTANA (Reuters) - Dariga Nazarbayeva, the eldest daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, was elected speaker of the upper house of parliament on Wednesday, the No.2 position in the Central Asian nation’s political hierarchy.

The previous speaker, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has taken over as president in line with the constitution after Nazarbayev abruptly resigned on Tuesday.

Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Tom Balmforth

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