Uzbekistan’s outgoing President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was widely re-elected in early presidential elections held on Sunday July 9 in Central Asia’s most populous country, according to preliminary results.
According to the results announced by the Election Commission at a press conference held in the capital Tashkent on July 10, mirziyoyev he obtained 87.05% of the votes, ensuring a seven-year term, until 2030, while participation was close to 80%.
Elected in 2016 with 88.61% of the vote, and re-elected with 80.12% in 2021 in elections criticized by international observers for their lack of competence, the Uzbek leader once again faced unknown candidates for the Big audience.
Will a reformist be able to usher in the era of the “New Uzbekistan”?
Shavkat Mirziyoev He called these presidential elections after the constitutional referendum held on April 30, which was approved by more than 90%, validating the change from a term of five to seven years and authorizing him to stand for re-election for two more terms.
These moves pave the way for the leader, who served as prime minister under his predecessor Islam Karimov from 2003 to 2016, to remain in power until 2037.
Training Engineer, mirziyoyev he presents himself as a reformer capable of consecrating the era of the “New Uzbekistan”, where “the human being is the supreme value”, a mantra deployed throughout the country.
Uzbekistan, a gas-rich former Soviet republic, occupies a strategic position as the only country bordering all other states in the region, including Afghanistan. (with AFP)