The eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon was named to a senior position within the State Customs Service, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
A Tajik Customs Committee official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told RFE/RL that Rustam Emomali was appointed to head the committee's department to combat illegal activities after incumbent Amirkhon Ibodov retired.
A Tajik State University graduate, Emomali, who is 23, previously served as an adviser on the State Committee on Investments and State Property. In 2010, he was elected a member of the Dushanbe city council.
In 2009, Emomali was elected a deputy in the Union of Tajik Youth, and in December of that year he was elected a member of the Central Committee of the ruling National Democratic Party of Tajikistan.
Emomali also plays soccer for Tajikistan's Istiklol club, of which he is a sponsor. He is simultaneously a member of the International Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia and a deputy head of Tajikistan's Football Federation.
Rahmon also appointed his daughter, Ozoda Rahmonova, a deputy foreign minister last year.Read more in Tajik here