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Uzbeks do not hope for changes after parliamentary elections: expert

Politics Materials 28 December 2009 17:59 (UTC +04:00)
The Uzbek people do not expect changes after the parliamentary elections Sunday, Uzbek expert on domestic policy Sergey Yezhkov said.
Uzbeks do not hope for changes after parliamentary elections: expert

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 28 / Trend V. Zhavornokova /

The Uzbek people do not expect changes after the parliamentary elections Sunday, Uzbek expert on domestic policy Sergey Yezhkov said.

"Most people living in Uzbekistan do not expect anything from the new parliament. They expect neither bad nor good. They are indifferent toward elections," Yezhkov told Trend over the phone from Tashkent.

According to preliminary data, 87.8 percent, or 15 million voters, participated in the elections.

The elections were said to have been fair by observers.

Over 270 representatives from 36 countries and four international organizations observed the elections, including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), CIS Executive Committee, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Moreover, over 30,000 observers and 30,000 authorized representatives of political parties took part in the elections.

The CIS observer mission said the elections were held in accordance with the Uzbek Constitution and universally recognized norms.

The expert said parliament does not play a major role in the political arena.

"Uzbekistan is governed by the president, not the parliament," Yezhkov said.

He added that parliament is merely a "decorative" organization.

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