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Uzbek PM Named Acting President

Uzbekistan's parliament on Thursday appointed the country's prime minister to be the new acting president, replacing Islam Karimov, the longtime authoritarian head of state, who died of a stroke recently at the age of 78. An exiled Uzbek opposition leader immediately denounced the move as unconstitutional. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who served as Karimov's prime minister since 2003, was appointed in a joint session of the upper and lower houses of parliament, making him the...

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