President of Uzbekistan

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President of Republic of Uzbekistan
O'zbekiston Respublikasining Prezidenti
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Incumbent
Islam Karimov

since 24 March 1990
Residence Oqsaroy, Tashkent
Appointer Popular vote
Term length Seven years, renewable
Inaugural holder Islam Karimov
Formation 24 March 1990 (As a President of Uzbek SSR)
29 December 1991 (As a President of Uzbekistan)
Website http://www.press-service.uz/
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The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: Ўзбекистон Республикасининг Президенти or O'zbekiston Respublikasining Prezidenti) is the Head of State and executive authority in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The office of President was established in 1991, replacing the position of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan that had existed since 1925 while the country was known as Uzbek SSR. The president is directly elected for a term of seven years, by citizens of Uzbekistan who have reached 18 years of age.[1]

Islam Karimov has been the only president of Uzbekistan since the establishment of the office, and won three consecutive elections which many considered to have been rigged. The third election was the most controversial since he had been elected twice, and the current Constitution stipulated a maximum of two terms. The explanation given by him was that his first term in office, of five years, was under the previous Constitution and did not count towards the new limit.

Election[edit]

Qualifications[edit]

The Constitution of Uzbekistan requires that a presidential candidate be at least 35 years old, be fluent in speaking the state language (Uzbek), and have resided for at least ten years in the territory of Uzbekistan.

On taking office, the President must take the following oath, stipulated by Article 92 of the Constitution, at a sitting of the Supreme Assembly of Uzbekistan:

Electoral law[edit]

The Constitution states that the President shall be elected by citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot.

Role[edit]

The Constitution of Uzbekistan lays out the duties and powers of the President, which in detail are:

  1. To guarantee observance of rights and freedoms of citizens, the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  2. To take the necessary measures for the protection of the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and implementation of decisions regarding its national-state structure;
  3. To represent the Republic of Uzbekistan within the country and in international relations;
  4. To conduct negotiations and sign treaties and agreements for the Republic, and ensure the observance of the treaties and agreements negotiated by the Republic and obligations assumed by it;
  5. To receive letters of credence and recall from diplomatic and other representatives accredited to him;
  6. To present to the Senate of the Oliy Majlis (parliament) nominees for appointment as diplomatic and other representatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan to foreign states;
  7. To present to the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan annual reports on major matters of social and economic life, home and foreign policies of the country;
  8. To form the office of executive authority and direct it; ensure interaction of the supreme bodies of authority and administration of the Republic; form and abolish ministries, state committees and other bodies of state administration with subsequent submission of decrees on these matters for approval by the chambers of the Oliy Majlis;
  9. To present to the Senate a nominee for election to the post of Chairman of the Senate;
  10. To present for consideration and approval by the chambers of the Oliy Majlis a nominee for the office of Prime Minister, and relieve the Prime Minister of that post;
  11. To approve, on the nomination of the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, and relieve them of their posts;
  12. To appoint a Procurator-General and deputies, subject to approval by the Senate, and relieve them of their posts;
  13. To present to the Senate nominees for the posts of Chairman and judges of the Constitutional Court, Chairman and judges of the Supreme Court, Chairman and judges of the Higher Economic Court, Chairman of the Board of the Central Bank, and Chairman of the State Committee for the Protection of Nature;
  14. To appoint judges of regional, inter-district, district, city, martial and economic courts, and relieve them of their posts;
  15. To appoint and relieve khokims of regions and the city of Tashkent of their posts with their subsequent approval by relevant Kenghashes of people’s deputies. The President shall have the right to relieve, by his decision, khokims of districts and cities of their posts, should they violate the Constitution or laws, or perform acts discrediting the honour and dignity of a khokim;
  16. To suspend and repeal acts passed by bodies of state administration, as well as khokims;
  17. To sign and promulgate laws; the President shall have the right to return a law, stating his objections, to the Oliy Majlis for a second debate and vote;
  18. To announce a state of war in the event of an attack on the Republic of Uzbekistan, or arising from treaty obligations on mutual defence from aggression; and within 72 hours to submit such decision for approval by the chambers of the Oliy Majlis;
  19. In exceptional cases (real external threat, mass disturbances, major catastrophes, natural calamities, epidemics), in the interests of ensuring citizens’ security, to proclaim a state of emergency in the entire territory or in particular localities, and within 72 hours to submit such decision for approval by the chambers of the Oliy Majlis. Conditions and the procedure for introducing a state of emergency shall be regulated by law;
  20. To serve as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, appoint and relieve the supreme command of the Armed Forces, and confer the highest military ranks;
  21. To award orders, medals and certificates of honour and confer qualification and honorary titles of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  22. To rule on matters of citizenship and the grant of political asylum;
  23. To propose to the Senate any acts of amnesty and effective pardoning of persons sentenced by the courts;
  24. To form the National Security Service and nominate and relieve the Chairman of the National Security Service of his post, subject to approval of decrees on these matters by the Senate;
  25. To exercise other powers stipulated by the Constitution and laws of the Republic.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 23 December 2007 Uzbekistani presidential election results
Candidate Votes %
Islam Karimov (Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party) 13,008,357 90.76
Asliddin Rustamov (Uzbekistan People's Democratic Party) 468,064 3.27
Dilorom Toshmuhamedova (Justice Social Democratic Party) 434,111 3.03
Akmal Saidov (independent) 420,815 2.94
Valid votes 14,331,347 100.00
Invalid votes 434,097 2.94
Total votes (turnout 90.6%) 14,765,444
Source: elections.uz

Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan (1991–present)[edit]

The first column consecutively numbers the individuals who have served as president, while the second column consecutively numbers the Presidential terms or administrations.

I# A# Name Picture Took office Left office Political party
1st 1st Islam Karimov
Ислaм Каримов
Islam karimov cropped.jpg 24 March 1990 1 December 1991 Communist Party of the Soviet Union

People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party
2nd 1 December 1991 9 January 2000
3rd 9 January 2000 22 December 2007
4th 22 December 2007 Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gov.uz/en/constitution/#a1857

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