Uzbekistan to continue building democratic state – president

Uzbekistan to continue building democratic state – president

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan.13

By Demir Azizov- Trend:

Uzbekistan has achieved great success by choosing an evolutionary and staged development path, the Uzbek media quoted the country's President Islam Karimov as saying on Jan.13.

He made the remarks while speaking at the first meeting of the Legislative (lower) Chamber of the country's parliament.

"In a historically short period, from 1990s, when under the extremely difficult conditions, we didn't give way to the outside pressure, rejected various economic models unacceptable for us and chose the evolutionary and staged development path and achieved great success in many spheres," said the head of state.

The president said, to date, the country has come only a small part of the way on the long and difficult path of building a democratic state and civil society.

Karimov drew the attention to the threat to peace and stability caused by the developments in various countries.

"The increasing challenges and threats in our region, political and economic confrontation, terrorism, radicalism and drug trafficking cause concern," he added.

"In this increasingly escalating situation, we should be more alert and careful, understand who wishes us well and who has evil intentions."

It was earlier reported that the speaker of the new composition of the Legislative (lower) Chamber of Uzbek parliament, five deputy speakers who are the representatives of factions of four political parties and MPgroup of Uzbekistan's Ecological Movement were elected during the first meeting of the new composition of Uzbek parliament's Legislative Chamber.

Additionally, the list of parliamentary committees was approved, and a decision package was adopted on distribution of positions of committee heads among the factions of political parties.
Uzbekistan's bicameral parliament was created in 2005. Its legislative chamber permanently employs 150 MPs.

The upper house - Senate - employs 100 MPs elected in equal numbers, i.e. six MPs from the Karakalpakstan Republic, provinces and the city of Tashkent. The Uzbek president appoints another 16 members of the Senate from among the most distinguished citizens.

Edited by CN

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