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First Kazakh Woman Promoted To General

A woman has been promoted to the rank of general within the Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office for the first time ever.

President Nursultan Nazarbaev presented the general's insignia to Saule Aitpaeva on May 6.

Aitpaeva, 52, is the chairwoman of the prosecutor-general's Committee for Statistics and Legal Records.

Nazarbaev announced her promotion at a special ceremony in the capital, Astana.

Dozens of other law-enforcement and military officers also received awards and promotions.

The event took place ahead of the Day of the Fatherland's Defender, which is marked on May 7 each year in Kazakhstan.

Based on reporting by Kazinform and KazTAG