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Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Sooronbai Jeenbekov swearing the oath of office during the presidential inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa residence in Bishkek on November 24, 2017. (Photo: Kyrgyzstan Presidential Press Service).

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because the country has been roiled by revolution.

Sooronbai Jeenbekov, 59, was formally sworn into office on November 24 at the presidential Ala-Archa residence, formally bringing a close to Almazbek Atambayev’s tenure. It is the first time in the country’s history that one elected president hands the reins of power over to another leader chosen by plebiscite. 

In his inauguration speech, Jeenbekov pledged that he would fight corruption and continue the policies advanced by his predecessor.

“The country cannot develop until the authorities are transparent. An untrammeled fight against corruption has begun and all conditions are in place for the sanitizing of society. The people have begun to place great faith in the authorities, because sooner or later, a thief must be put in jail,” he said.

Atambayev in turn wished Jeenbekov a contended time in power and summed up his presidency.

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