Uzbekistan goes to polls today to elect a new Parliament

Uzbekistan will go to polls today to elect a new parliament. The election is taking place in a backdrop of reforms that set the country on the path towards development.

Since President Islam Karimov’s death in late 2016, the central Asian country gradually started shifting towards better economic and social freedoms. A new electoral code is in place and the changes require 30 percent of party candidates to be women. The election will see a contest between five political parties.

A total of 500 international observers, including 12 from India, will monitor the polls.