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In-laws of Kazakh's former leader continue to fill key positions in the energy sector

In-laws of Kazakh's former leader continue to fill key positions in the energy sector

NUR-SULTAN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Two members of Nursultan Nazarbayev's extended family have resigned from the leadership of state oil and gas shipping companies, according to the Central Asian nation's sovereign fund.

In the wake of the violent clashes, Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's leader for three decades before his resignation in 2019, retained sweeping powers until last week. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, his successor, was appointed chairman of Nazarbayev's security council.

Since the protests erupted on January 4, the 81-year-old former leader has not appeared in public.

On Saturday, sovereign fund Samruk-Kazyna said that Kairat Sharipbayev and Dimash Dossanov had resigned as the head executives of KazTransOil and QazaqGaz.

Sharipbayev is the wife of Aliya Nazarbayeva, Nazarbayev's youngest daughter.

Samruk-Kazyna gave no reason for their resignations.

Tokayev said he wanted Nazarbayev's associates to share their wealth with the public by making regular donations to a new charity foundation.

The protests in the oil-rich country have been triggered by a rise in vehicle fuel prices in the Western Mangistau region.

On Saturday, the authorities stated that they had detained a deputy energy minister and several other officials who they believe were responsible for the "unjustified" price rise.

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