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Crimea's new leader Aksyonov sworn in

October 09, 2014, 13:08 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
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SIMFEROPOL, October 9. /TASS/. The leader of Russia's Crimean republic was sworn in on Thursday after unanimous approval to the post from the regional parliamant earlier in the day.

Sergey Aksyonov took the oath in front of lawmakers at a meeting of the republican State Council, swearing "to respect and ensure human and citizens’ rights and freedoms, to fulfil with honor the high duties of Crimea's head and to serve this multi-ethnic nation faithfully."

Speaking to deputies after the ceremony, Aksyonov named as priority tasks fighting against corruption, creating conditions to attract foreign investment, developing small and medium business and preserving the peninsula's national traditions, language and culture.

Under the constitution, the republic's head is elected for five years and cannot serve in the office for more than two successive terms.


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