Uzbekistan votes to elect second ever president

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev after laying flowers at the grave of late Uzbek leader Islam Karimov in SamarkandUzbekistan went to the polls on Sunday to elect a successor to the late strongman Islam Karimov with long-serving prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to score a comfortable victory in the ex-Soviet state. According to the Central Electoral Commission some 33.73 percent of the 20 million plus electorate cast votes in the first five hours of the vote — exceeding the minimum turnout of a third of voters required to make the polls valid. Mirziyoyev, who was appointed prime minister in 2003, became interim president following Karimov’s death aged 78 in September from a stroke.

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