March 20, 2019 / 7:44 AM / 9 months ago

New Kazakh president pledges continuity

Acting President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (R) receives congratulations from his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev during a joint session of the houses of parliament in Astana, Kazakhstan March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev who was sworn in on Wednesday said he would continue the policies of his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev and rely on his opinion in key policy matters.

In his first speech as president, Tokayev proposed renaming the Central Asian nation’s capital city, Astana, to Nursultan.

Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Tom Balmforth

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