Uzbek incumbent president wins second term with over 80 pct of vote

Xinhua Xinhua

25th Oct, 2021. 10:12 pm

Since taking office in 2016 following the death of longtime President Islam Karimov, Mirziyoyev has embarked on a reform agenda in Uzbekistan [Uzbek Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters]

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was reelected with 80.1 percent of the vote in the election held on Oct. 24, the Uzbek Central Election Commission (CEC) said Monday.

As soon as the election commission announced the voting results live on local TV channels, Mirziyoyev’s party and supporters celebrated the victory.

“I cannot find words to describe my gratitude to my dear people for their trust. The fact that over 80 percent of people came to vote in the election shows our nation is not indifferent to the country’s future,” Mirziyoyev said, thanking people for their trust and support.

Sunday voting showed an over 80 percent turnout, according to the CEC.

The CEC said that Uzbekistan’s presidential election was held in accordance with international norms, domestic legislation, and in line with democratic principles, in an open and transparent manner.

Mirziyoyev was nominated by the ruling Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party, and during the election campaign, he promised to continue reforms to launch more industrial projects, provide jobs and raise living standards in the populous Central Asian nation.

Other candidates included Alisher Kadirov from the National Revival Democratic Party, Maksuda Varisova from the People’s Democratic Party, Bahrom Abduhalimov from the Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party, and Narzullo Oblomurodov from the Ecological Party.