Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec. 2
By Demir Azizov – Trend:
Ali Abolhassani Shahreza, director of Political Affairs Department at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), who is leading the OIC mission to monitor the Uzbek presidential election, has arrived in Tashkent, said the press service of the country’s Central Election Commission Dec. 2.
More than 80,000 local observers and nearly 600 international ones will be monitoring the election in Uzbekistan. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the CIS missions have started their work.
Uzbekistan will hold an early presidential election December 4 due to the death of ex-president Islam Karimov, who passed away after suffering a stroke at the age of 79 on Sept. 2.
Candidates from four political parties of Uzbekistan participate in the presidential election - Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP), People's Democratic Party (PDPU), Milly Tiklanish (National Revival) Party, and Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party.
Among the presidential candidates are the country’s Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev from UzLiDeP, Sarvar Otamuratov from Milly Tiklanish Party, Nariman Umarov from Adolat Party, and Hotamzhon Ketmonov from PDPU.
The OIC was established in September 1969 to ensure Islamic solidarity in social, economic and political spheres. The organization has 57 member states.
Uzbekistan became an OIC member in 1996.