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    Uzbekistan Government - 2002

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Uzbekistan
      conventional short form: Uzbekistan
      local short form: none
      former: Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
      local long form: Uzbekiston Respublikasi

      Government type republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch

      Capital Tashkent (Toshkent)

      Administrative divisions 12 provinces (viloyatlar, singular - viloyat), 1 autonomous republic* (respublika), and 1 city** (shahar); Andijon Viloyati, Buxoro Viloyati, Farg'ona Viloyati, Jizzax Viloyati, Namangan Viloyati, Navoiy Viloyati, Qashqadaryo Viloyati (Qarshi), Qaraqalpog'iston Respublikasi* (Nukus), Samarqand Viloyati, Sirdaryo Viloyati (Guliston), Surxondaryo Viloyati (Termiz), Toshkent Shahri**, Toshkent Viloyati, Xorazm Viloyati (Urganch)
      note: administrative divisions have the same names as their administrative centers (exceptions have the administrative center name following in parentheses)

      Independence 1 September 1991 (from Soviet Union)

      National holiday Independence Day, 1 September (1991)

      Constitution new constitution adopted 8 December 1992

      Legal system evolution of Soviet civil law; still lacks independent judicial system

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Islom KARIMOV (since 24 March 1990, when he was elected president by the then Supreme Soviet)
      head of government: Prime Minister Otkir SULTONOV (since 21 December 1995)
      cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president with approval of the Supreme Assembly
      election results: Islom KARIMOV reelected president; percent of vote - Islom KARIMOV 91.9%, Abdulkhafiz JALALOV 4.2%
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a seven-year term; election last held 9 January 2000 (next to be held NA 2007); (previously was a five-year term, extended by national referendum on 27 January 2002) prime minister and deputy ministers appointed by the president

      Legislative branch unicameral Supreme Assembly or Oliy Majlis (250 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); note - on 27 January 2002, a referendum was held that will make the Assembly bicameral on the 2004 elections
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NDP 48, Self-Sacrificers Party 34, Fatherland Progress Party 20, Adolat Social Democratic Party 11, MTP 10, citizens' groups 16, local government 110, vacant 1
      note: not all seats in the last Supreme Assembly election were contested; all parties in the Supreme Assembly support President KARIMOV
      elections: last held 5 December and 19 December 1999 (next to be held NA December 2004)

      Judicial branch Supreme Court (judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Supreme Assembly)

      Political parties and leaders Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party [Anwar JURABAYEV, first secretary]; Democratic National Rebirth Party (Milly Tiklanish) or MTP [Aziz KAYUMOV, chairman]; People's Democratic Party or NDP (formerly Communist Party) [Abdulkhafiz JALOLOV, first secretary]; Self-Sacrificers Party or Fidokorlar National Democratic Party [Ahtam TURSUNOV, first secretary]; note - Fatherland Progress Party merged with Self-Sacrificers Party

      Political pressure groups and leaders Birlik (Unity) Movement [Abdurakhim POLAT, chairman]; Erk (Freedom) Democratic Party [Muhammad SOLIH, chairman] was banned 9 December 1992; Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan [Abdumannob POLAT, chairman]; Independent Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan [Mikhail ARDZINOV, chairman]

      International organization participation AsDB, CCC, CIS, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, ECO, ESCAP, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OIC, OPCW, OSCE, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Shavkat HAMRAKULOV
      FAX: [1] (202) 293-6804
      consulate(s) general: New York
      telephone: [1] (202) 887-5300
      chancery: 1746 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador John Edward HERBST
      embassy: 82 Chilanzarskaya, Tashkent 700115
      mailing address: use embassy street address; US Embassy Tashkent, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-7110
      telephone: [998] (71) 120-5444
      FAX: [998] (71) 120-6335

      Flag description three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, and green separated by red fimbriations with a white crescent moon and 12 white stars in the upper hoist-side quadrant

      NOTE: The information regarding Uzbekistan on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Uzbekistan Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Uzbekistan Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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