Uzbek President Lauds Economy, Lambastes Officials
Thursday, December 9, 2004 3:55 PM

Islam Karimov delivered an address on 7 December, the eve of Constitution Day, praising the country's achievements, criticizing irresponsible officials, and declaring 2005 the Year of Good Health, Uzbek television reported. Karimov lauded economic growth amid moderate inflation. He condemned officials who are "brutally violating the law and abusing their power for their own interests." He also looked ahead to 26 December parliamentary elections, calling on future deputies to "prevent officials from abusing their power." Karimov noted that 30 percent of seats in parliament will, by law, be occupied by women. He also said that policy initiatives will be forthcoming to mark the Year of Good Health. DK

Cited from: Uzbek President Lauds Economy, Lambastes Officials, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Vol. 8, No. 230, 9 December 2004.

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