PM felicitates Uzbek president on impressive victory in polls


President Shavkat Mirziyoyev elected for second term, grabs 80.1% vote

Zubair Qureshi

Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on “impressive” vic-tory in presidential elections concluded on Sunday.

According to the election results announced on Monday, 80.1 percent people voted in favour of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev who was seeking a second term in office.

“Heartiest congratulations to my friend President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on impressive victory.

People of brotherly Uzbekistan have again reposed their trust in his able leadership. I look forward to contin-ued productive engagement between Uzbekistan and Pakistan,” said PM Khan in his tweet.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev cruised to victory with overwhelming public support in the country’s presidential election concluded Sunday.

According to the reports coming from Tashkent and other parts of the country here in Islamabad, Presi-dent Shavkat Mirziyoyev won the election with a majority of 80.1 percent votes.

The international observers and the representatives from the world’s independent watchdogs observed the elections that were held in a peaceful and smooth way.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took charge of the presidential office in 2016 after the death of his mentor, Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan for 27 years.

According to the independent analysts, President Mirziyoyev’s programme of ‘New Uzbekistan’ went well with the people who came out of their houses in large numbers to cast their votes on the polling day.

Mirziyoyev has been credited with launching politi-cal, social and media reforms, encouraging innova-tion and use of technology and ending decades-old system of forced labour with roots in the former Soviet Union.

In his bid to secure a second five-year term, Mirzi-yoyev faced four contenders who failed to secure the people’s confidence.

After establishing his government for the second term, Shavkat Mirziyoyev is likely to further strengthen his largely successful reform campaign and would materialize his vision of linking Central Asia with South Asia through rail.