Wednesday, 10 January 2007
Uznews.net – Michael Hall, International Crisis Group (ICG) Central Asian project director, believes that Islam Karimov will seek re-election in December 2007, although this move will contravene the country’s constitution. However, Hall still thinks that Karimov has proven many times that he takes little account of his country’s laws.
“I think that there will be no surprise,” Michael Hall said in an interview with Uznews.net. “An election will be in the ‘Uzbek way’, i.e. there will be no genuine election and Karimov will be re-elected again.”
According to Uzbek law, one person cannot be president for more than two terms. Since he came to power in 1989 President Islam Karimov has exhausted all the possibilities of extending his powers and has already served two full presidential terms.
He was re-elected twice as president of Uzbekistan – in 1991 and 2000; he also extended his terms of office twice on various pretexts in referendums in 1995 and 2002.
Karimov’s participation in the 2007 election will violate Uzbekistan’s laws, Hall believes.