Uzbek interim leader seen winning presidential vote

Shavkat Mirziyoyev is predicted to score a comfortable victory in presidential elections, with results expected MondayUzbekistan awaited Monday the results of a vote to elect a successor to late strongman Islam Karimov, with long-serving premier Shavkat Mirziyoyev seen scoring a comfortable victory against weak opponents. The Central Electoral Commission said around 88 percent of the 20 million-plus electorate voted in a ballot that ended at 1500 GMT on Sunday. Mirziyoyev, who was appointed prime minister in 2003, became interim president following Karimov’s death from a stroke in September at the age of 78.

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