As Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down as the President of Kazakhstan, the name of his successor became known almost immediately. According to TASS news agency, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev 'took the oath of office and assumed the post of Kazakhstan’s interim president on Wednesday'.
"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," Tokayev told a joint meeting of the parliament’s houses, as quoted by the news agency.
He will be staying in charge until the next regular presidential election, which is scheduled for April 2020.
Nazarbayev chaired the country since 1990. In 2015, he was elected for the fifth consecutive term, which makes him the undisputed record holder in terms of the period of stay in power among other leaders of the post-Soviet countries. 'This year marks the 30th anniversary since I took the highest office. The people gave me this opportunity to be the first president of independent Kazakhstan', he said in his goodbye address to the Kazakh people.
The ex-head of the state, Nazarbayev will still be chairing the National Security Council and Nur Otan, the pro-presidential party in the Kazakh parliament.