Shavkat Mirziyoyev elected President


Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission has confirmed that Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won the presidential election held on Sunday.

Mirziyoyev of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party took 88.61% of the vote. None of his three opponents achieved more than four percent of the vote. Turnout was recorded at 87.73%.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported that “The 4 December presidential election in Uzbekistan underscored the need for comprehensive reforms to address long-standing procedural and systematic shortcomings, including to a legal framework that is not conducive to holding genuine democratic elections.”

The election was caused by the death of Islam Karimov on 2nd September 2016; Karimov had ruled since 1991.

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