DUSHANBE, February 5, 2012, Asia-Plus -- Rustam Emomali, the 24-year-old eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, has been appointed a member of the development committee of FIFA, the world football governing body, Radio Liberty reports.

The announcement was made on February 3 by Tajikistan''s Football Federation.

The 18-member committee focuses on the development of the sport in impoverished nations.

Seen by some analysts as his father''s potential successor to the presidency, Emomali has played professional football for Tajikistan''s Istiqlol soccer team.

He was recently appointed the head of Tajikistan''s Football Federation.

In 2011, Emomali left the ruling People''s Democratic Party to take up a position in the military.

He currently is a department head of Tajikistan''s state customs committee.

Tajik laws prohibit military personnel from taking part in political activities.