Nazarbayev's third son-in-law resigns after protests

The son-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Timur Kulibayev, has resigned as head of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs. This is stated in his statement, published on the website of the Chamber.

«From today, I decided to resign the powers of the elected chairman of the Presidium of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, &mdash ; Kulibayev said.

In he he summed up the results of his eight-year work in the post, in particular, stating that during this time a  ;a “favorable business climate” has also been consistently formed.

Kulibayev is married to the middle daughter of the ex-head of state, Dinara. Earlier, two other sons-in-law of Nazarbayev lost their posts — Chairman of the Board "KazTransOil" JSC Dimash Dosanov, married to the youngest daughter of the ex-president, Aliya, and chairman of the board JSC “National Company “QazaqGaz” Kairat Sharipbaev, who is called the husband of the eldest daughter, Dariga.

Primakov refused to work with the new Minister of Information of Kazakhstan their resignations, the reason was not specified. The  release only said that such decisions were made by the boards of directors of the companies.

On January 11, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that thanks to his predecessor, a group of very profitable companies and a layer of rich people appeared in the country, even by international standards. He added that it was time for them the people of Kazakhstan and help them. Tokayev suggested creating a fund for the “People of Kazakhstan”, where the companies included in a certain list would make regular contributions.

In early January, Tokayev removed Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council of the republic, which he  continued to serve after leaving the presidency. He explained that the measures taken against the backdrop of the protests were not enough and promised to act ‘as tough as possible’.

Later, Nazarbayev’s representative said that the ex-president decided to step down from the post of head of the Security Council on his own

Tatyana Zykina, Maria Lisitsyna



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