Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings
The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech on December 22 for the power of the feared security services to be contained.
“The National Security Services [or NSS] operates on the basis of a statute adopted by the government 26 years ago. We must reform this structure. The NSS should be a protector of our external and internal security,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said to audible rustling in the hall.
Those words constitute the most transparent and full-frontal assault on the NSS, which has in effect arguably been running the country since independence, primarily through relentless repression.
The speech was made before a large gathering of lawmakers, foreign diplomats and reporters with local and foreign media. Also in attendance was the low-profile chief of the NSS, Rustam Inoyatov, who listened to the address in a hunched pose.
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