Veteran Uzbek leader re-elected in vote OSCE brands undemocratic

March 30, 2015 11:55 AM

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Veteran Uzbek leader re-elected in vote OSCE brands undemocratic

ALMATY (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's veteran leader Islam Karimov easily won another five years at the helm of Central Asia's most populous nation in an election that Europe's main security body criticized for lacking genuine opposition.

Karimov, a 77-year-old former Communist Party apparatchik, received 90.39 percent of Sunday's vote, according to preliminary results released by the Central Election Commission on Monday. Turnout was 91 percent, it said.

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