Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's elder daughter has been appointed to chair the Senate International Affairs, Defense, and Security Committee, just three days after she was appointed a member of the parliament's upper chamber.
Darigha Nazarbaeva's appointment to the Senate on September 13 came amid a cabinet reshuffle in which the post of prime minister and the defense and justice ministers were changed.
Nazarbaeva, 53, previously served as deputy prime minister for a year, prompting speculation she could eventually succeed her 76-year-old father, in power since 1989.
Nazarbaev, who wields sweeping powers in the oil-rich Central Asian country, has never officially designated a successor.
The Kazakh cabinet reshuffle came less than two weeks after the death of another Central Asian leader, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, at the age of 78.