Uzbekistan’s new leader pledges better ties with Russia, US

September 9, 2016 9:42 AM

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MOSCOW — The acting president of Uzbekistan, chosen following the death of the country’s authoritarian leader, says he wants closer ties with Russia, the United States and China.

Islam Karimov, who crushed opposition throughout his nearly 27-year rule, died last week without leaving an apparent successor. The country’s Senate on Thursday elected Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as acting president. Uzbekistan will still have to hold a presidential election.

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