Sooronbai Jeenbekov sworn in as Kyrgyz president

Sooronbai Jeenbekov sworn in as Kyrgyz president

Kyrgyzstan's new president Sooronbai Jeenbekov was inaugurated in a ceremony marking the first peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in the Central Asian country.

Jeenbekov, 59, swore to protect the "unity of the country" as he accepted the national flag and donned a breastplate signifying the presidency.

Jeenbekov cited inspiration from the country's mythical hero Manas, the main character of an oral epic, and pledged to battle systemic corruption.

"A ruthless fight against corruption has begun. Conditions have been created to purify society," the AFP cited him as saying.

Jeenbekov scored 54% of the October 15 ballot viewed as Kyrgyzstan's most competitive election since independence, with oligarch opponent Omurbek Babanov taking more than a third of votes cast.

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