Uzbek Democracy Further Strengthens

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

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After the unfortunate demise of late H.E. Islam Kairmov the former president all the major political parties in the Republic of Uzbekistan are thoroughly engaged in the upcoming presidential elections to be held on December 4, 2016. Presidential elections 2016 has already been started in the country and various kinds of political activities have also been practiced at different stages. Political process of rigorous consultations and nominations are being hosted. In process of politicization, nomination of presidential candidates have been completed and announced.

It shows the real power of the true spirits of democratization which may easily manage any human and natural hurdle. It upholds the real essence of democracy where political parties tend to play very important role. It reconfirms that democracy is the “Real Vector” where personalities come second and “continuation of system” comes first. Last but not the least it also strongly negates Western propaganda about total denial and absence of democracy and political system in Uzbekistan.

Continuation of democracy also overshadows falsified media trail of pseudo intellectuals of the West. In genuine democracy “succession” always belongs to “system” and Uzbekistan’s political system is perfectly balanced and purified. Its dynamic “Constitution” is the real custodian of all political rights and civil liberties.

Elections are treated as deity of democracy which is very much alive on the soil of great country, Uzbekistan. Bible of modern civilization and political system heavily depends on democratic norms, freedom of expression, fair and free election commission, active participation of political parties along with accountability and transparency.

Uzbekistan’s political system is strong, stable and sustained enough to carry all these principles of a democratic society forward without any political or constitutional deadlock. It has its own unique system of “good governance” where deliverance matters to achieve the desired goals of socio-economic prosperity, tolerance, social justice, rule of the law and above all accountability in the society.

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According to Central Election Commission (CEC), Uzbekistan’s interim/acting President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has been nominated to contest the upcoming “Presidential Elections” to be held on December 4, 2016. Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan’s prime minister since 2003 is the “best choice” of his political party.

Uzbekistan’s Liberal-Democratic Party nominated Mirziyoyev at a convention. The same party had nominated Karimov for the presidency in 2007. Another party, Milliy Tiklanish (National Revival), nominated its own leader, Sarvar Otamurodov, deputy speaker of the legislative chamber of parliament.

Last week, Uzbekistan’s Parliament nominated Mirziyoyev as “Interim President”, after Senate Chairman Nigmatilla Yuldashev, who should have become transitional leader under the constitution, bowed out in his favor, saying Mirziyoyev had long experience in office and enjoyed the people’s respect and trust.

The Milliy Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan for the position of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan supported and nominated Sarvar Sadullayevich Otamurodov, for the position of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He is leader of the party’s faction in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, Parliament.

Furthermore, the law “On elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan” the party will submit relevant documents to the Central Electoral Commission to obtain permission for the participation of the Milliy Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan in the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Central Council of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU) also took place. The Chairman of the Central Council of the PDPU and leader of the party’s faction, Hotamjon Abdurahmonovich Ketmonov, who had been supported by voters, followers and active members of the party has been nominated as a candidate from the party for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for consideration at the party’s congress.

Another political party The Adolat Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (SDPU) took place. It has supported and nominated leader of the party’s faction in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Nariman Majidovich Umarov as its presidential candidate for the upcoming Presidential Elections 2016.

Under the Uzbekistan dynamic constitution, a presidential election must now be held within three months, and Mirziyoyev, the interim President is widely expected to be elected. He is a noble Uzbek politician who has been Prime Minister of Uzbekistan since 2003. Following the death of President Islam Karimov, he was appointed by the Supreme Assembly as interim President of Uzbekistan on 8 September 2016.

Mirziyoyev graduated from the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration in 1981. He holds a PhD degree in Technological Sciences. He served as governor of Jizzakh Region from 1996 to September 2001, then as governor of Samarqand Region from September 2001 until his appointment as Prime Minister in 2003. He was nominated as Prime Minister by President Islam Karimov on December 12, 2003 and approved by the Uzbek parliament. The electoral commission announced on 16 September that Mirziyoyev would stand in the December 2016 presidential election as the candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party.
The Presidential Election will be held on December 4, 2016. Nomination of candidates will begin on September 30 and will end on October 20, 2016.

Concluding Remarks

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev is the “best choice” to be elected as next President of Uzbekistan. His political party strongly supported his candidature in its latest meeting. He is a man of principles. He knows the art of governance. He has been in the realms of governance since 2003 as “Prime Minister” of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has great passions for achieving a qualitative life for his common people, immense socio-economic development and above all rule of the law.

Every political party in Uzbekistan is totally free to nominate and contest the upcoming Presidential Elections to be held on December 4, 2016. It shows the beauty of democracy which is the “binding forces” among the different political parties and factions of the society. Democracy is supreme and respected in Uzbekistan which has further strengthened the spirits of good governance in the country. It is the “will of people” which is always respected as a “balancing factor” in the political arena of Uzbekistan. It is the “free choice” of the voters which is accounted and documented in its true sense. Ongoing “transitory phase” is temporary and transfer of power in a democratic way is “permanent”.

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