NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The Ult tagdyry Republican Public Association nominated on 26 April Amirzhan Kossanov as its presidential candidate to run for the elections on 9 June.
The decision to nominate Kossanov was announced by head of the association, Doss Kushim, at the press conference in Almaty, Kazakh media reported.
Born in 1964, Kossanov studied Journalism at the Kirov Kazakh State University. Throughout his professional career he worked in public service, political parties and public associations. Married with three children.
Meanwhile, the Ak Zhol party reportedly nominated on 24 April Daniya Yespayeva as its candidate for the June 9 presidential election. If confirmed by the Kazakhstan Central Election Commission, Yespayeva would be the first woman in Kazakh history to run for president.
Yespayeva, a banker from the Aktobe Region, received 49.5% of the party’s 190 voters in a secret ballot.
In her election speech, Yespayeva reportedly spoke about the women’s rights and corruption pointing out that those punished for corruption are predominantly male.
Fifty-eight-year-old Yespayeva is a member of the Committee on Finance and Budget of the Kazakh Parliament’s Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament). She is a member of the Atameken Union Board in Aktobe and a member of the Coordination Council of the region.