Kazakhstan: Rearranging Chairs on the Ship Astana

Dariga Nazarbayeva, the Kazakh president’s eldest daughter, speaks at a government meeting in August 2016. Her appointment to the Senate this week sparked talk of her being primed to take over the reins in the event of her father being unable to fulfill his duties. (Photo: Press Service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan)

The latest shakeup of the government by Kazakhstan’s president looks seismic at first appearance, but closer scrutiny suggests this is only a cosmetic rearrangement.

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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Rearranging Chairs on the Ship Astana

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