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A Look at Uzbek President Islam Karimov - Guardian, UK

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  • Zafar Khan
    A Look at Uzbek President Islam Karimov Monday March 29, 2004 8:01 PM By The Associated Press
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      A Look at Uzbek President Islam Karimov
      Monday March 29, 2004 8:01 PM
      By The Associated Press

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3917137,00.html

      Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan's leader since the Soviet
      era, has established a measure of stability with a
      strict rule that some critics at home and abroad say
      has cut into human rights and freedoms.

      Named Communist Party chief in 1989 by then-Soviet
      President Mikhail Gorbachev, Karimov was elected Uzbek
      president in December 1991 as the Soviet Union
      collapsed. Now 66, his current term extends to 2007.

      Karimov has pursued a brutal campaign against
      dissident Muslims and has banned opposition groups.

      At first he was praised for controlling ethnic and
      religious passions in the country, but he later drew
      criticism for his economic and political policies. The
      Uzbek economy is still centrally controlled, with a
      few officials overseeing the most lucrative sectors,
      as well as trade.

      Karimov was the first Central Asian leader to support
      the U.S.-led anti-terror campaign after the Sept. 11
      attacks, providing a key air base to American troops
      for operations in neighboring Afghanistan.

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      More about Uzbekistan at:
      http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/Park/6443/Uzbekistan/






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