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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nazarbayev's Daughter Out of Race

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- The eldest daughter of Kazakhstan's president has been struck off her party's list of candidates for parliamentary elections next month, signaling a further centralization of power in the country.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev last year merged his political party with that of his daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva to form the Nur-Otan party, which is widely expected to win by a landslide in the Aug. 18 vote.

Nazarbayeva, a member of the parliament since 2004 and once seen as a potential successor to her father, has all but disappeared from public life after her former husband, media and sugar magnate Rakhat Aliyev, publicly fell out with the leader.

"The leadership of the organization has undergone some changes, and this has involved the resignation of two deputy leaders of the party, Dariga Nazarbayeva and Alexander Pavlov," Nur-Otan party spokesman Kanat Shaimerdenov said.

The decision was made at a party congress led by Nazarbayev on Wednesday in Astana. Reporters for Western news media were not granted access.