Tajikistan leader's son named senate speaker

  17 April 2020    Read: 745
Tajikistan leader

 The eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon was elected as speaker in the senate on Friday, cementing the family’s grip on power in the Central Asian nation ahead of a presidential election.

Rustam Emomali, 32, who also serves as mayor of the capital Dushanbe, was elected speaker of the upper house of parliament unanimously, the senate press office said.

Under Tajikistan’s constitution, the speaker assumes presidential powers in the event of the president’s death or any inability to perform his duties.



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