Ehe President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has been re-elected for a second term. He has obtained 90% of the votes in elections with practically no opponents.
There was no candidate from the democratic opposition, whose parties are marginalized by the Central Asian Republic authorities.
Since succeeding Islam Karimov five years ago, Mirziyoyev has claimed to have ended the repressive regime of his predecessor and launched a radical and comprehensive reform program.
But the political system remains largely unreformed.
Three opposition parties were not allowed to register or have candidates in the campaign. Its leaders denounced judicial harassment, police harassment and death threats.
Uzbekistan is on the border with Afghanistan and, therefore, is strategically considered a key actor in curbing fundamentalist expansion.
Human rights organizations International Amnesty and Human Rights Watch assure in their reports that the country is now experiencing a phase of involution in terms of democracy, press freedom and human rights.