Nursultan Nazarbayev's son-in-law Timur Kulibayev, considered the most likely candidate for the Kazakh presidency given rumors about the ill health of his father-in-law, said that now is the wrong time to discuss such a question, "Interfax" reported.
"Nazarbayev won the presidential elections in April. Discussing the issue of his successor now is wrong. I deal with economic issues, business development, and I like it. I have never positioned myself as a politician", Kulibayev said during a meeting with members of the Club of Chief Editors in Astana last Monday. On Tuesday, the Kazakh newspaper "Liter" quoted Kulibayev, who is chairman of the National Welfare Fund "Samruk-Kazyna".
The "Kommersant" newspaper published an interview with the Kazakh Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Yermukhamet Ertysbayev, saying that Nazarbayev's son-in-law Kulibayev can be the next president and Nazarbayev's policy successor in case of the current president's sudden resignation from the post.