Tokayev sworn in as Kazakh President and takes oath of office

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who won the recent snap presidential election in Kazakhstan, took the oath to the people of the country and assumed the post of head of state on Saturday, Report informs, citing foreign media sources.

“I do solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of Kazakhstan, strictly follow the constitution and laws of Kazakhstan, guarantee the rights and freedoms of citizens, faithfully perform the high duties of the president of Kazakhstan assigned to me,” Tokayev said during an inauguration ceremony.

A solemn ceremony of the inauguration of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev kicked off at the Independence Palace in Astana.

The ceremony took place at the Palace of Independence in Astana and was attended by the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, members of the government and the parliament, the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, and representatives of the public.

Attending the inauguration ceremony are members of the Government, parliament deputies, members of the Constitutional Council, Supreme Court judges, officials of the diplomatic corps accredited in Kazakhstan, as well as other guests.

During the event, Tokayev received the certificate of the President of Kazakhstan.

The inauguration ceremony is aired on the republic TV channels, websites, as well as official accounts of Akorda on social media.

According to Kazakh law, if a head of state is elected in an early election, the oath is taken within a month after the voting results are released. Tokayev was sworn in on the fourth day after the announcement of the results.

Kazakhstan held an early presidential election on November 20. Six people were registered as presidential candidates, including the incumbent head of state, Tokayev. He won the election with 81.31% of the votes. The total turnout reached 69.44%

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