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#Uzbekistan - the country where the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is meeting in Samarkand.
It was the Uzbek Soviet Socialist republic under the USSR till 1991. Islam Karimov moved on from First Secretary of the Communist Party to rule as president till he died in 2016
He won a rigged election in Dec 1991 winning 86% of the vote and then 3 further elections in 2000, 2007, and 2015 each time winning > 90% of the vote.
He ran a repressive and brutal regime. His successor and current President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev loosened things up.
#Uzenkistan is Constitutionally a secular nation. 95% of the population follow Islam. Article 29 "guarantees freedom of thought, speech and convictions". Article 31 guarantees "freedom of conscience" and "the right to profess or not to profess any religion".
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