Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sworn in as second president of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Senate (parliament’s upper chamber) Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as the republic’s new president today.
In accordance with the decree published on the president’s website, Tokayev took the oath of office at a joint meeting of both houses of parliament on March 20 at 12:00 local time (09:00am MSK).
"I solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of Kazakhstan, to strictly observe the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to guarantee the rights and freedoms of citizens, to fulfill in good faith great duties of the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan entrusted on me," TASS cited Tokayev as saying.
Yesterday, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in an address to the nation that he would step down as the head of state and signed a decree on his resignation starting from Wednesday, March 20.
Nazarbayev said that his successor was a graduate of Russia’s prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations, has a post-doctoral degree and vast experience of work in various spheres and is a fluent speaker of English and Chinese.
"He was the foreign minister during the years when our country’s foreign policy has just began to take shape, served as the deputy prime minister and prime minister of the country, chaired the Senate. He has vast knowledge of the country, its economic and political affairs. He was nominated and served as UN under-secretary general. This was a great recognition of his diplomatic achievements and a sign of trust in Kazakhstan," the country’s first president said, adding that he and Tokayev have worked side-by-side since the very first days of Kazakhstan’s independence.
"I know him well. He is a fair, responsible and committed person and he fully supports the current domestic and foreign policies. He took part in designing and adopting all programs. I believe that Tokayev is the person whom we can entrust with governing Kazakhstan," the Kazakh leader added.
Tokayev will serve as his country’s full-fledged president until the term of his predecessor expires in 2020. Then, in line with the country’s legislation, presidential elections will take place.