Voters in Uzbekistan have overwhelmingly reelected Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev as president. Mirziyoyev managed to secure almost 90% of the votes despite running unopposed in the snap election. His victory means he’s set to continue ruling the country for another seven years.
A Historic Change of Guard
The reelection of Mirziyoyev marks a historic change of guard in Uzbekistan, which has been ruled by one leader since the Soviet era. Mirziyoyev took over in 2016, following the death of long-time president Islam Karimov. Since then, he has introduced a series of reforms, while trying to maintain close ties with Russia and other neighboring countries.
The Extension of Presidential Term Limits
Perhaps the most significant change followed Mirziyoyev’s reelection. Shortly after the poll, the country’s constitution was amended, effectively extending presidential term limits from two five-year to two seven-year terms. In other words, Mirziyoyev’s term is now longer by two years, giving him a chance to remain in office until 2037.
The Changes Brought by Mirziyoyev
Since the beginning of his presidency, Mirziyoyev has focused on bringing change to Uzbekistan. He has managed to do so on multiple levels, from the country’s longstanding authoritarian system to the economy. On the economic front, the president has taken steps aimed at liberalizing the financial sector, particularly in terms of foreign investments. Additionally, he has tackled corruption and bureaucracy, while lifting a range of travel restrictions for citizens.
The Impact of Reforms on the Uzbek People
Mirziyoyev’s reforms have had a powerful impact on the people of Uzbekistan. Thanks to the president’s efforts, the citizenry has gained greater access to healthcare and education, while also enjoying two major holidays that had previously been abolished. The reforms have also opened up the country to foreign investments, resulting in job opportunities and improved living standards.
What the Future Holds for Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is a country in transition. Thanks to Mirziyoyev’s reforms, the country is gradually opening up to the world. The president is determined to turn Uzbekistan into a modern and progressive nation, while maintaining ties with its traditional allies in the region. He has set an ambitious road map for the country’s future development and people are expecting good things to come.