Uzbekistan has voted in an election that featured only parties loyal to autocratic President Islam Karimov, who saidKarimov is an autocrat to his core. What's important to him is not the welfare of his people, but rather "state power." In this case, it's really just his power.
he would not tolerate "revolutions" such as those which shook Ukraine and Georgia.
"Democracy just can't be universal, as there cannot be two completely identical countries," he said. "One cannot use democracy as a
means to topple state power."
Around 500 candidates from five parties are vying for 125 seats in parliament after four opposition ones were barred from taking part.
Karimov said there was no room for a weak opposition that had little impact on society.
Monday, December 27
Is this where Russia is heading?
Posted by total at 12/27/2004 02:43:00 PM