Uzbeks vote in elections expected to reinforce Karimov's grip on power

December 21, 2014 2:18 PM

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Uzbeks vote in elections expected to reinforce Karimov's grip on power

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uzbeks went to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections at which all four parties support President Islam Karimov, ensuring that the ballot will further reinforce his 23-year grip on power.

Karimov, 76, has ruled Central Asia's most populous nation of 30 million people with an iron hand since first taking office in 1991 and is widely expected to seek re-election in March.

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