International monitors slam ‘lack of real contest’ in Uzbek polls

All five pro-government parties competing in Uzbekistan's first elections under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took seats in the country's parliament, preliminary…

All five pro-government parties competing in Uzbekistan’s first elections under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took seats in the country’s parliament, preliminary results showed Monday, with international monitors criticising the “lack of real contest.”

Mirziyoyev, who took charge of Central Asia’s most populous state in 2016 after the death of hardline predecessor and former patron Islam Karimov, described Sunday’s vote as “historic.”

But the election lacked opposition representatives and all five parties competing were already represented in the outgoing legislature, which is known for rubber-stamping government policy.

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