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Sooronbai Zheenbekov has officially taken office as President of Kyrgyzstan. Today, November 24, Bishkek hosted the inauguration ceremony of the new President.

At the oath taking ceremony, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan Nurzhan Shaildabekova presented to the new President a badge and a certificate of the President of the country. In addition, out-going President Almazbek Atambayev handed over the standard of the President – the flag of Kyrgyzstan.

About 450 people including heroes of Kyrgyzstan, representatives of the public, creative and scientific intelligentsia, members of the parliament, and members of the government, diplomatic corps, and representatives of international organizations took part in the ceremony.

Sooronbai Zheenbekov won the presidential election, which was held on October 15, 2017.

Today for the first time in Kyrgyzstan there is a peaceful transfer of power of one President to another. According to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, a person is elected to the presidency once for a period of 6 years.

After taking the oath, President announced the fight against corruption was his first priority.

The head of state said that the main essence of this struggle will be the principle of equality of all under the law. “There will be no untouchables. The country cannot be developed until the government is transparent. A ruthless struggle against corruption has begun and conditions have been created for the purification of society. The people have begun to treat the power with great confidence, because sooner or later “the thief will be in prison,” he added.

© 2017 Embassy of Kyrgyz Republic in New Delhi, India