Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday, succeeding leader-for-life Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned a day earlier after three decades in power.
The new President handed the key post of Senate Speaker to Nazarbayev's daughter of his predecessor Nursultan. Under Kazakhstan’s constitution, the senate speaker assumes presidential powers in the event of the president’s resignation or death.
Tokayev, 65, also pledged to continue Nazarbayev's policies and regularly seek his advice.
The Kazakh Parliament today voted to rename capital Astana to Nursultan.