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Kazakh President's Nephew Named Ruling Party Secretary

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev chairs a meeting with leaders of Nur-Otan in Astana earlier this month.
ASTANA -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's nephew has been named the secretary of the country's main political party, Nur-Otan (Shining Fatherland), RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Nur-Otan First Deputy Chairman Nurlan Nigmatullin announced that Kayrat Satybaldy would be the party's new secretary. He said Satybaldy would coordinate party operations on the military, the "patriotic upbringing of Kazakh youth," and cooperation with youth and veterans organizations.

Nur-Otan is officially led by Nazarbaev. All 77 seats in Kazakhstan's lower chamber of parliament, the Majilis, are held by Nur-Otan members.

Satybaldy is a son of Nazarbaev's younger brother. In the mid-1990s he officially changed his surname from Nazarbaev to Satybaldy.

In the late 1990s, Satybaldy was named the deputy governor of Astana. He was later appointed to leading positions in the KNB security service and the oil company Kazakhoil.

Satybaldy was promoted to the rank of major general at the age of 35. He later left the military and worked in the state transport company, Kazakhstan Temir Joly.