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Daughter Of Tajikistan's President Elected To Upper Chamber Of Parliament

Ozoda Rahmon

Tajikistan’s Khovar news agency reports that Ozoda Rahmon -- the daughter of President Emomali Rahmon -- has been elected as a senator in the country’s upper chamber of parliament.

The 38-year-old Rahmon, the mother of five children, has been serving as President Rahmon's chief of staff since January 27.

Her election came on May 29 during a joint session of councils of deputies from Dushanbe and its districts.

Unlike Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament, lawmakers in the Majlisi Milli do not compete in a direct general election.

Twenty-five of the 33 senators are elected by secret ballot at joint sessions of regional, town, and district deputies. The other eight are appointed by the country’s president.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Khovar