Last week on Tuesday 25 October, the Embassy of Uzbekistan organized a briefing and information session in Brussels on the upcoming presidential elections in Uzbekistan at the Press Club Brussels Europe. Uzbekistan is to hold an early election on 4 December this year following the passing away of the First President the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on 2 September.
Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Belgium and the EU, Vladimir Norov, was accompanied by a panel of experts and analysts, who spoke at the event in order to provide Brussels based media and press with more information about the upcoming elections, the procedures and timeline.
Ambassador Norov explained that there are four main candidates who will be running, namely the country’s Acting President Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, from the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP), Mr.Sarvar Otamuratov, from the Democratic party of Uzbekistan (currently the Vice Speaker of the Legislative Chamber), Mr.Nariman Umarov, from the Social-democratic party of Uzbekistan (currently the Chair of the Political Council) and Mr.Hotamjon Ketmonov, from the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (currently the Chair of the Central Council of PDPU).
The election campaign of presidential candidates has now officially started in Uzbekistan, following the formal registration on 28 October of above presidential candidates that have been nominated by the four political parties.
During the event, Ambassador Nurov also updated members of the press on some general and recent developments in Uzbekistan, and explained that despite the untimely death of the First President, Islam Karimov, several important legislative developments and improvements have been successfully implemented. And despite the global economic crisis, the economy of Uzbekistan has managed to continue on a steady path, with a GDP growth of 7.8% in the first nine months of 2016.
Finally, Ambassador Nurov concluded by reaffirming Uzbekistan’s intention to continue its path to work together with and develop strong bi-lateral ties, collaborations and partnerships with the EU and Belgium.
The Brussels Times