On Monday, Jared Kushner was duly appointed as the Senior Advisor to the White House by none other than Donald Trump. Mr. Trump who is now the President in waiting of the United States has been in the headlines ever since he decided to run for Presidency apart from being a well known name in the Business World, and, of course, several controversies.
The son-in-law of the Trump family was credited by Trump himself for being the brain behind Trump’s election campaign. In the administrative department, Jared is the youngest person to be on board and will be working along with Reince Preibus the Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon the Chief Strategist. While there are some influential political families that have been in power in the past, The United States of America is not the only country that is into Nepotism.
This is not the first time that we have known about Nepotism in Politics. Nepotism has been going on for a very long time now and those who believe in it often find it comfortable to have their own people in the top positions of the Government. There are also times when relatives represent the country for various events and offices in other countries by being in the top positions as Diplomats and Embassy Officials.
There are many famous Leaders across the globe who appointed someone within the family in the top position of the administrative duties at the time they were in leading their respective countries. The list of such political families is not just restricted to the United States alone. Some of the famous names in the list would include:
The Park family of South Korea
Park Geun-hye was the South Korean President between 2013 and 2016. She is the daughter of Late Park Chung-hee who was also the President from 1963 to 1979 and military general of South Korea. She served the 18th presidential term and was suspended from her duties as the president amid the impeachment proceedings. She is also the first woman to head South Korea aside from being in the Forbes list of the top 100 influential women in the world where she stood 11th.
The Nehru-Gandhi Family of India
India’s Nehru- Gandhi family is another well known example of nepotism in politics; the Gandhi family has been running the country for generations now. There have been six generations who have been in the top positions of the Indian government which include holding the position of the Prime Minister.
The Nazarbayev-Aliyev family of Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first president of Kazakhstan appointed his son in law Rakhat Mukyev as a senior official for the Kazakhstan Government. Even Dariga Nazarbayeva, the daughter of Nursultan Nazarbayev, is the Russian Ambassador and the wife of Rakhat Aliyev the Foreign Minister. It is said that she may be the successor to her father’s position.
The Berdymukhammedov- Amanov family of Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov of Turkmenistan has appointed his son in the Foreign Ministry Department. He had also appointed his son-in-law Ykhlasgeldy Amanov to represent the country in London during the talks of energy issues.
The Bakiyev Family of Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev had appointed his brother Janysh as the Nation Security Service’s First Deputy Chairman. His son Maksim Bakiyev was appointed as the head of Kyrgyzstan’s economy. His brothers have also been on the top positions of various sectors of the Government including being a part of the Kyrgyz embassy that is located in China.