Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sworn in as Kazakhstan’s president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sworn in as Kazakhstan’s president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath of office as Kazakhstan’s president at a ceremony in the Independence Palace in the capital Nur-Sultan today.

"I solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of Kazakhstan, strictly observe the constitution and the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, guarantee the rights and freedoms of citizens, conscientiously perform the high duties of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan entrusted to me," TASS cited Tokayev as saying.

The Central Election Commission Chairman Berik Imashev handed over presidential certificate to the elected President after the solemn ceremony.

“Our citizens are really concerned with the development of dialogue between the authorities and the society,” he said after taking an oath. Any talks “must be based on the recognition of the plurality of opinions”, he added.

Tokayev said he would set up a special national council open, among others, to young activists. That was a reference to some opponents who staged small but creative protests in the run-up to the vote such as standing at a square with an empty banner - and were still detained for that.

According to Tokayev, the council will first convene in August, Reuters reported.

Tokayev, 66, a former Senate speaker, was elected president of Kazakhstan in an early election held on June 9, securing nearly 71% of the vote. He succeeded Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation in March after 30 years in power.