The President of Uzbekistan spoke about the reasons for early Presidential elections in the country
On April 30 this year an important, truly historic event took place in the life of Uzbekistan. For the first time ever in its modern history, Uzbek people adopted a new Constitution based on a nationwide referendum.
The referendum has clearly demonstrated how much people’s political awareness, legal culture and outlook of have grown in recent years. With this historic event, the people of Uzbekistan have once again demonstrated their high level of confidence and full support for the reforms which were embarked in the country on six years ago. The people's decision has therefore laid a solid foundation for the further sustainable development of our statehood and economy.
Millions of Uzbek citizens actively participated in the nationwide discussions on the draft Constitution, which took place at all stages prior to its adoption. In this regard, it should be emphasized that the real author of the updated Constitution is Uzbek people.
On April 30, Uzbek people, who have experienced much in their lives, who value peaceful life, human honor and dignity, once again demonstrated their commitment to the ideals of democracy, freedom, equality, social justice and solidarity.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, using the powers granted to the President of the country by Article 128 of the amended Constitution, have signed the Decree on early Presidential elections in the country.
The President answered the questions “What is the objective necessity of making such a decision? Why am I voluntarily giving up the remaining three and a half years of my presidential term?” as follows:
In accordance with the updated Basic Law, first of all, all the links of power are being reformed, the relations and the balance between them are seriously changing.
Second, the updated Constitution poses urgent, new political and socio-economic challenges to the President, parliament, government, ministers and khokims(governors of the regions).
Third, the people expect us to make very important and urgent changes and reforms in all areas.
Fourth, at a time when complicated processes are taking place in the world and in our region, the search for and implementation of a correct and efficient way of development becomes the most acute and urgent issue.
“After all, our Basic Law stipulates that the people are the sole source of state power. From this point of view, it is quite natural that in the system of the renewed state power our people, I repeat, only the people will elect the leader they trust.
I believe that this is the most correct and just decision in the current circumstances.The elections will be held in full accordance with the law, openly and transparently. I am confident that the political parties and presidential candidates will put forward new ideas and initiatives that will serve the peace and prosperity of the country and increase the welfare of the people,” – noted the President of Uzbekistan.
According to the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On the appointment of advance polling of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, it is defined that the snap election of the President of Uzbekistan will be held on July 9, 2023.
The Presidential election campaign in Uzbekistan started on May 10.
The Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan considered the issue of admitting five political parties to participate in the Presidential elections - the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the “Adolat”Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Ecological Party of Uzbekistan and the “Milliytiklanish”Democratic Party Uzbekistan.