When Uzbek citizens go to vote in a special presidential election on December 4, temperatures in the southern Kashkadarya Province are expected to be only a few degrees above freezing.
With authorities struggling to keep electricity and gas supplies going in places like this, many rural residents have other things to worry about than what is widely expected to be the electoral coronation of Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
“Because of the lack of electricity, we cannot even watch television. Sometimes they give us an hour of power, sometimes they don’t. I am talking to you right now as the electricity is off. It has been 12 hours since it went off,” Suyun Usmanov, a 55-year minibus driver in the Kashkadarya region, told EurasiaNet.org in a telephone interview.
Mirziyoyev has cast himself as an engine for national regeneration, and has pledged to promote investment, energize industry and build massive amounts of housing.
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