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Media: Uzbek parliament to discuss appointment of acting president

September 07, 2016, 21:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW electronic newspaper said that the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Supreme Assembly would gather for a joint session on September 8 to appoint Uzbekistan’s acting president

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MOSCOW, September 7 /TASS/. Both chambers of the Uzbek parliament will discuss the appointment of the country’s acting president at a plenary meeting on Thursday, the electronic newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper refers to an official report of the Uzbekistan television channel, which said that the Legislative Chamber (the lower house) and the Senate (the upper house) of the Supreme Assembly (Oliy Majilis or parliament) would gather for a joint session on September 8 to appoint Uzbekistan’s acting president.

Uzbekistan’s late president, Islam Karimov, died on September 2 after brain hemorrhage.

Islam Karimov was born on January 30, 1938 in Samarkand, a city in eastern Uzbekistan. Karimov had ruled Uzbekistan since 1989, when he became the First Secretary of the republic’s Communist Party. In March 1990, he became the first president of the republic. In 1991, Karimov won the first presidential elections in Uzbekistan and served as president for five years. He retained his top post following nationwide referendums in 1995 and 2002, and after direct elections in 2000, 2007 and 2015.

Karimov is one of the longest-serving presidents in the former Soviet states. He remained in power for 26 years. In addition, the president was awarded the title Hero of Uzbekistan. Karimov is also a doctor of science and an honorary academic at many educational institutions and establishments throughout many foreign countries. He is the author of books on Uzbekistan’s political and economic development. His works, statements and texts of his speeches were published in a ten-volume book.

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