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Shavkat Mirziyoyev becomes new president of Uzbekistan

Shavkat Mirziyoyev became the new president of Uzbekistan. These are the results of the voting.

At least 88.61 percent of voters voted for the representative of the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP).

There are some interesting facts about the new head of Uzbekistan.

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Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev was born on July 24, 1957.

According to some sources, he was born in Zaamin district of Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan. According to the other - he moved there in 1960, and was born in the village of Yahtan, Uratyubinsk region of Tajikistan.

The media have repeatedly stated their doubts about the nationality of Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Reporters speculated that he was not an Uzbek, but Tajik.

So, his ancestors supposedly came from a noble family of Tajik rulers. That is why their names begin with "peace" prefix that means dear, noble people. However, there is no convincing confirmation of the information. 

Shavkat Mirziyoyev is 19 years younger than the country's first president Islam Karimov.

He actively uses the Internet, is interested in public opinion, reads the opposition media - the Uzbek service of Radio Liberty and BBC.

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The head of state introduced his family only on the voting day.

The Mirziyoyevs together came to the polling station. The president of Uzbekistan has two daughters - Shakhnoza (Mirziyoyeva-Shakhanova), Saida and a son Davron.

 Wife of Shavkat Mirziyoyev is Ziroathon Hoshimova.

Sources say that she is from the well-known in Ferghana Valley wealthy family. She has never been seen in official travels and not posed at social events. She does not have pages in social networks. Even her name until recently was not known to the general public. The first mention of Ziroathon Hoshimova is the official biography of the presidential candidate of Uzbekistan, published on the website of the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev is called influential representative of the Samarkand-Bukhara clan.

Also, he is considered to be a distant relative and friend of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, an ethnic Uzbek.

Since Mirziyoyev coming to power, relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have changed.

 On October 1, the delegation from Kyrgyzstan visited Andijan region of Uzbekistan at the invitation of the Uzbek side to participate in activities for the strengthening and development of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek cooperation. 

In late October, leaders of Andijan, Namangan and Ferghana regions, representatives of government agencies, education, sport and the clergy paid a return visit to Osh. The delegation was headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Adham Ikramov.

In addition, over the past three months, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan have stepped up co-operation along the borders and had managed to coordinate positions on 49 disputed areas. 

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