CESS

EUCAM Commentary No. 27

When: November 2014

EUCAM Commentary No. 27 The president of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. By Reinis Inkens, Saeimas Kanceleja via Flickr.

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has been re-elected after scoring 90 per cent of votes at the Uzbek general elections held on 29 March 2015. Like all the previous polls, this was a carefully orchestrated, ‘no-surprises’ election. Since becoming the country’s first president in 1990, Karimov has mastered the art of creating a Façade democracy. Several cosmetic changes have been implemented in recent years, all designed to pretend to comply with international norms and standards, but in practice ridding the political system of all meaning while a cloud hangs over the country’s economic prospects.

Downloads

Policy Briefs

Policy Brief

No. 34

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

Read more

Working Papers/Reports

Report

No. 19

Implementation and review of the European Union - Central Asia Strategy: Recommendations for EU action

Read more

Commentaries

Commentary

No. 27

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

Read more

Newsletters

Newsletter

No. 17

On a positive note...

Read more