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Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

Shavkat Mirziyoyev addresses the Uzbek parliament after he was formally confirmed as the country’s interim president on September 8. On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev made it clear that he does not intend to make any immediate breaks from the policies of his deceased predecessor, Islam Karimov. (Photo: The Government Portal of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev made it clear that he does not intend to make any immediate breaks from the policies of his deceased predecessor.
 
Mirziyoyev was formally appointed Uzbekistan’s interim president on September 8, assuming power from Islam Karimov, whose death was announced six days earlier. In a speech to a joint session of parliament on September 9, the 59-year old interim president reaffirmed Uzbekistan’s policy of rejecting membership in international military alliances and hosting military bases.
 
At the same time, Mirziyoyev spoke about the priority of developing relations with the Commonwealth of Independent States — the post-Soviet space dominated by Moscow — and the “consistent and comprehensive strengthening of friendly relations with the Russian Federation.”
 
Referring to historic treaties signed between Moscow and Tashkent, Mirziyoyev said the documents “met the interests of both nations and serve to bolster stability and security in the region.”
 

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