Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Uzbek President Islam Karimov meet at Tashkent International airport on December 10, 2014President 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. Four parties — the Liberal Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Party, the Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish (National Revival) and the Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice) — are competing to fill 135 seats. Sunday’s vote will mark 90 days until presidential polls are held in March. Uzbekistan’s parliament made constitutional changes shortening the presidential term from seven to five years in 2012.

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