Veteran Uzbek Leader Re-elected in Vote OSCE Brands Undemocratic

Uzbekistan's veteran leader Islam Karimov easily won another five years at the helm of Central Asia's most populous nation in an election that Europe's main security body criticized for lacking genuine opposition. Turnout was 91 percent, it said. Karimov has ruled his mainly Muslim nation of 30 million since 1989, first as its Soviet-era party leader and then as elected president. He brooks no dissent and human rights bodies count his among the world's most repressive governments.