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Presidential elections in Uzbekistan. Shavkat Mirziyoyev the likely winner

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The presidential elections in Uzbekistan ended on Sunday. According to many commentators, the victory of the incumbent head of state, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is almost certain.

Mirziyoyev, 64, has been ruling Uzbekistan since 2016.

Praised for abolishing forced labor in the cotton fields, opening the economy to foreign countries and releasing from prison opponents of his predecessor Islam Karimov, he has recently suppressed important voices of criticism and is accused of excluding the real opposition from the elections, writes the AFP agency.

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Over 70% turnout

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His four opponents are more widely unknown politicians who did not even appear at the pre-election television debates and, as AFP notes, refrained from criticizing Mirziyoyev in the campaign.

The polling stations were closed at 20 (5 pm in Poland) and preliminary results are expected to appear on Monday at the latest. According to the election commission, the turnout exceeded 70 percent three hours before the end of the vote.

Mirziyoyev won the previous presidential election in 2016, gaining almost 89% of the vote. votes with a turnout of 87 percent. Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan in an authoritarian manner for 27 years, enjoyed similar support during his lifetime, notes the AFP.

Shawkat MirziyoyevEPA / UZBEKISTAN PRESIDENT PRESS SERVICE

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