Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s daughter, 23-year-old Zarina Rahmon, has been appointed a deputy head of Tajikistan’s largest commercial bank Orienbank, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reported, citing bank documents it obtained.
Zarina was appointed in January 2017 and no public announcement of the appointment was made. Zarina is only the latest of Rahmon’s family members to be given influential positions. Other recent appointments include Rahmon’s eldest daughter Ozoda as a Senator and justice counselor as well as his eldest son, Rustam, as the mayor of the country’s capital, Dushanbe.
Rahmon has actively been shuffling his children among positions of power over the past few years. Ozoda was previously appointed chief of the presidential office in January 2016. The appointments are seen as moves aimed at consolidating power in the Rahmon family for years to come.
Tajikistan held a national referendum on May 22 to approve amendments to the constitution that would allow Rahmon to establish a presidential dynasty. Preliminary results by the Central Committee for Elections and Referendums showed that 94.7% of the Tajiks voted in favor of amending the constitution.
The amendments will allow the Tajik president to run for reelection indefinitely and lower the presidential age limit to fit the current age of his eldest son, Rustam Emomali.
In December 2015, the authorities endorsed a bill that granted Rahmon and his relatives lifelong immunity from prosecution and gave Rahmon the title of “Leader of the Nation”.