Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Local residents at a polling station in Tashkent on December 21, 2014Uzbeks voted Sunday in parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov. Turnout reached more than 88 percent, the central election commission said. The head of the commission, Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalamov, praised the participation and declared the elections valid. President Karimov has transferred some powers to parliament in recent years, including a mechanism for a vote of no confidence in the government and allowing the party with the majority of seats to nominate the prime minister.

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