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At the Palace of Independence, the solemn ceremony of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev officially taking the office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place.
After the State Flag, the Standard of the President of Kazakhstan and the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan were brought to the Great Hall of the Palace of Independence, having accepted the report of the Head of the State Security Service, the President-elect entered.
In accordance with the 42 article of the Constitution, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath:
“I solemnly swear to faithfully serve the people of Kazakhstan, firmly adhere to the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, guarantee the rights and freedoms of the citizens and comply in good faith with high duties of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan placed on me!”
On the occasion of the President-elect of Kazakhstan officially taking the office, the National Anthem was played, the artillery shot 21 times and the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan was raised over the Akorda Presidential Palace.
The Chairman of the Central Election Commission Berik Imashev handed Kassym-Jomart Tokayev the certificate of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In his inaugural speech, the Head of State thanked all the Kazakhs for their high trust and highlighted the special role of the First President of Kazakhstan, the Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, as the founder of the modern Kazakh statehood.
“My goal is to ensure the unity of the society and protect the rights of every citizen. Whenever and wherever, I will defend the national interests of Kazakhstan,” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated.
The Head of State outlined ten key directions the fulfillment of which had to be started immediately. Those included the increase of income and wellness of the population, effective fight against corruption, judicial and legal reforms, fair social policy, solving the housing problem, regional development, balanced and multi-vector international politics and support of the youth.
In conclusion, in the square in frontof thePalace of Independence, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan accepted the report of the Minister of Defense Nurlan Yermekbayev. Soldiers of military types and branches of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan solemnly marched in parade formations in front of the Head of State.
The ceremony of inauguration was attended by the First President of Kazakhstan –the Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, members of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, members of the Government, judges of the Supreme Court and members of the Constitutional Council; representatives of the Presidential Administration and the Office of the Prime Minister; heads of the central bodies of public administration, members of the Central Election Commission, membersof the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and representatives of religious denominations; akims(heads) of the regions and the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent; heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Kazakhstan; presidential candidates and leaders of the Nur Otan Party; members of the Republican and regional public headquarters; representatives of public organizations, media and business; prominent figures in science and arts and culture; and leaders of youth organizations. In total, 2,500 people took part in the ceremony.