Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister
Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so the naming of a 22-year old as Deputy Education Minister breaks the mold in decisive fashion.
Even though Alisher Sadullayev’s appointment has been described as experimental, he had already made his first public showing by July 2 at a meeting of top government and regional officials.
Attempts to rejuvenate the nation’s leadership in Uzbekistan are a clear reflection of the demographic youth bulge. According to official figures from earlier this year, the population has increased to 32 million from 23.3 million in 1997 — a data point attesting to the nation’s intense youthfulness.
The policy response to this trend has lain heretofore in relying on institutions like the Kamolot movement, which is intended to marshal youth enthusiasm in a generally pro-government direction. So it came as another notable development on June 30 when President Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke at the Kamolot general meeting to announce that the organization was to be dissolved and replaced.
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