Uzbek parliament approves candidate for PM
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan.23
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbek parliament approved Shavkat Mirziyoyev as the country's prime minister during the joint meeting of the Legislative Chamber and Senate of Oliy Majlis (lower and upper houses of the parliament) on Jan.23, Trend correspondent reported from the meeting.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov was also present at the meeting.
MPs and senators reviewed the application of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan about handing over the powers to the newly elected Oliy Majlis and approved it.
Addressing the meeting, Karimov recommended Mirziyoyev's candidacy for the post of the government head.
Following the discussions, MPs and senators approved the candidate for the prime minister with the majority of votes and adopted a corresponding resolution.
Mirziyoyev was head of the administration of Tashkent's Mirzo Ulugbek district, headed the administrations of Jizzakh and Samarkand provinces. He has served as the country's prime minister since 2003.
Elections the Legislative Chamber and Senate were held in Uzbekistan in December 2014 and in early January 2015.
Under the country's law, the political party which has gained the largest number of seats in the elections to the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, has the right to nominate a candidate for prime minister.
By using this right, the Liberal Democratic Party which gained the largest number of seats in the newly elected parliament of the country (52), nominated Mirziyoyev's candidacy for the post of prime minister.
Uzbekistan's bicameral parliament was created in 2005. Its legislative chamber (lower house) permanently employs 150 MPs and the upper house - 100 senators.
Edited by SI