Baku, Azerbaijan, March 20
Opinion of the incumbent first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will be a priority in strategic issues, the incoming President of Kazakhstan Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev said during the oath-taking ceremony.
"The authoritative opinion of Elbasy (leader of the nation) will have a special, one might say, priority importance in the development and decision-making of a strategic nature," said Tokayev.
He also said that Nazarbayev would maintain the entire service infrastructure.
Today Qasym-Jomart Tokayev has taken the oath of office as Kazakhstan's Acting President. Tokayev will execute the role of the president until the next presidential election.
Earlier on March 19 the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down from his post. Nazarbayev has been serving as President of Kazakhstan for 28 years, since the office was created on April 24, 1990.