Uzbek presidential term referendum, 1995

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A referendum on extending President Islam Karimov's term was held in Uzbekistan on 26 March 1995.[1] The proposal would see Karimov remain in office until 2000. It was approved by 99.6% of voters, with a 99.3% turnout.[2] The referendum was held a few months before Karimov's current term was due to expire as he had been elected in December 1991.


The United States criticized the referendum for its "lack of public debate" and instances of one person casting the votes of his entire family. At the time, Karimov publicly stated that he considered the referendum to be a reelection to a second term, which under the Constitution would have required him to leave office in 2000. However, the legislature passed a resolution opposing the decision, leading Karimov to announce he would run for reelection in 2000.[3]


Choice Votes %
For 11,199,415 99.6
Against 40,617 0.4
Invalid/blank votes 4,996
Total 11,245,248 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p490 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen et al., p492
  3. ^ Uzbekistan Human Rights Practices United States Department of State, 1995