Uzbekistan: Senate Speaker Assumes Caretaker Role, as Succession Struggle Unfolds
Uzbekistan appears to be adhering to the constitutional process for political succession following former president Islam Karimov’s death. But that does not mean there will be an orderly transition.
Although there has not been official announcement in Tashkent, it appears as though Uzbekistan’s Senate chairman, Nigmatilla Yuldashev, is serving as the interim chief executive. Russian media outlets are reporting that Yuldashev has assumed the duties of acting Uzbek president. Crucially, Russian leader Vladimir Putin passed along the Kremlin’s condolences to Yuldashev on September 2, after Karimov’s death was officially confirmed.
Hailing Karimov as a “real leader,” Putin described Karimov’s “departure from life” as a “tough loss for the people of Uzbekistan and for the entire Commonwealth of Independent States.”
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