Uzbekistan: Familiar Landslide Election Win Portends More of the Same
The victory of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Uzbekistan’s special presidential election December 4 was never in doubt, but the Soviet-style scale of his winning margin indicates that hopes of pending political reform may have been premature.
Preliminary results announced by election officials December 5 show Mirziyoyev winning 88.6 percent of votes cast. That is only slightly less than the 90 percent gained by the late Islam Karimov in 2015. Karimov died during this past summer.
While Uzbek state media have hailed the election as a breakthrough in raising democratic standards, observers have been more sanguine.
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