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New Kazakh president vows 'continuity' as world eyes who's next

Long-serving predecessor still looms large and has daughter in chain of succession

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath after he assumed the post of Kazakhstan's interim president during a joint session of the houses of parliament in Astana.   © Reuters

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The country's new interim president has pledged to stay the course adopted by his predecessor, one day after the abrupt resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan for three decades.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 65, was sworn in on Wednesday, replacing the only leader the Central Asian nation has known as an independent state.

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