Tokayev sworn in as Kazakhstan’s president

Amman, The speaker of Kazakhstan’s parliament, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, early Wednesday was sworn in as interim president a day after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned, the Russia Today(RT) news channel reported .

Tokayev, a career diplomat who had been senate speaker, can serve the remainder of Nazarbayev’s term ahead of scheduled elections next year.

Nazarbayev surprised many by announcing in a televised address Tuesday that he would step down after nearly 30 years, making Tokayev only the second president in the country’s independent history.

Nazarbayev, 78, resigned late on Tuesday after three decades in power where he had run the oil-rich Central Asian nation since 1989 when it was a Soviet republic, routinely winning elections with more than 90 percent of the vote.

Tokayev, a 65-year-old career diplomat fluent in Russian, English and Chinese, will serve for the rest of the presidential term ending in April 2020, in line with the constitution.

Source: Jordan News Agency