Uzbekistan is voting to elect a new president following the death of Islam Karimov, the only leader the country has known since the fall of the Soviet Union. Voting at over 9,300 polling stations throughout the Muslim-majority central Asian country with no tradition of competitive elections began at 0100 GMT and is expected to continue until 1500 GMT. The candidates are Uzbekistan’s acting President and Prime Minister, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, nominated by the movement of entrepreneurs and businesspeople – the liberal democratic party of Uzbekistan. His rivals are the leaders of three other officially registered political associations of the country. The people’s democratic party of Uzbekistan has nominated Khotamjon Ketmonov, Uzbekistan’s national revival democratic party – Sarvar otamuratov and the Justice Social Democratic Party – Narimon Umarov.

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