The election is the first in the nation of 33 million since Mirziyoyev took power in late 2016 following the death of strongman Islam Karimov, who had run the former Soviet republic as a police state for 27 years.
If the Uzbek president wants genuine reform of religious freedoms in the country, he faces a steep uphill battle.
Uzbek authorities oppose Karimova’s extradition to the US because she knows too much about top Uzbek officials, including President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who served as prime minister in her father’s government, an analyst said.
The former Soviet republic is seeking to raise its international profile as part of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's plan to open the country up and attract foreign investment after decades of isolation.
Turkey seeks to forge new bi-literal relations with Uzbekistan based on mutual economic and security interests
The nation could've fallen into disarray – but it didn't. And superpowers want stability in the energy-rich hotspot.
Established in 1989 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan is on the verge of electing its second president since its independence.
Funeral held for Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, who died in hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage which led to a stroke.
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