Uzbekistan Gears Up to Vote for Rubberstamp Parliament

The chairman of a Tashkent polling station opens a curtain to a voting booth during the Uzbek presidential election of December 2007. Uzbekistan’s Dec. 21 parliamentary elections feature only four staunchly pro-regime parties to fill the 150-seat lower house, or the Legislative Chamber. No opposition parties are permitted to legally exist in Uzbekistan, and independent candidates are barred from standing. (Photo: OSCE)

Uzbekistan's parliamentary elections on December 21 will offer voters a choice, but no hope for change.
 

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Uzbekistan Gears Up to Vote for Rubberstamp Parliament

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