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Kazakhstan removes ex-president’s daughter as senate speaker

May 2, 2020 GMT
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Kazakhstan's interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, left, and Dariga Nazarbayeva, daughter of Kazakhstan's former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, shake hands in Astana, Kazakhstan. The daughter of Kazakhstan's former president, once viewed as his heir-apparent, has been dismissed from her post as speaker of the country's senate. Dariga Nazarbayeva was removed Saturday, May 2, 2020 by an order from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev; she also lost her seat in the senate. (Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP, File)
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Kazakhstan's interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, left, and Dariga Nazarbayeva, daughter of Kazakhstan's former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, shake hands in Astana, Kazakhstan. The daughter of Kazakhstan's former president, once viewed as his heir-apparent, has been dismissed from her post as speaker of the country's senate. Dariga Nazarbayeva was removed Saturday, May 2, 2020 by an order from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev; she also lost her seat in the senate. (Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — The daughter of Kazakhstan’s former president, once viewed as his heir-apparent, has been dismissed from her post as speaker of the country’s senate.

Dariga Nazarbayeva was removed Saturday by an order from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev; she also lost her seat in the senate.

No reason was stated for the dismissal. Nazarbayeva became senate speaker in March 2019 on the same day that her father, Nursultan Nazarbayev, unexpectedly resigned.

Nazarbayev had led Kazakhstan since independence in 1991 and many expected that his daughter would succeed him. But Tokayev was named acting president and was elected to the presidency in June.