Former Kazakh leader-in-law quits work in major energy sector

File Photo: Former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev will attend the inauguration ceremony of the new President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 12, 2019. REUTERS / Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

January 15, 2022

Nur-Sultan (Reuters) -Two members of the extended family of former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev have resigned as leaders of state-owned oil and gas transportation companies, the Sovereign Foundation of Central Asian countries said on Saturday.

For 30 years before resigning in 2019, Kazakhstan leader Nazarbayev took over from Nazarbayev as chairman of the Security Council last week in the midst of intense anxiety by his successor Kassym-Jomart Tokaev. Until then, he maintained his drastic power.

The 81-year-old former leader hasn’t appeared publicly since the protests broke out on January 4. Tokaev’s critical comments on him prompted suggestions that the two had dropped out before Tokaev resigned as a former patron.

On Saturday, sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna said in a statement that Kairat Sharipbayev and Dimash Dossanov have resigned as CEOs of state-owned oil pipeline company KazTrans Oil and natural gas pipeline operator Qazaq Gaz, respectively.

Sharipbayev is married to former president’s eldest daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva, her son said on social media. Neither Sharipbayev nor Dariga Nazarbayeva have commented on their relationship. Dosanov is the husband of Aria Nazarbayeva, the youngest daughter of Nazarbayev.

Samruk-Kazyna did not state the reason for his resignation.

Tokaev said this week that Nazarbayev’s associates hope to share their wealth with the general public by making regular donations to new charities.

Last week’s protests in oil-rich countries were triggered by soaring car fuel prices in western Mangystau.

On Saturday, officials said they had detained the Deputy Energy Minister and several other officials who believed they were responsible for the “unjustice” price increase.

(Report by Tamara Vaal, Written by Olzhas Auyezov, Edited by Ros Russell)

Former Kazakh leader-in-law quits work in major energy sector

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