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Shavkat Mirziyoyev takes oath and assumes office of President of Uzbekistan

The new president of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev took the oath at a joint meeting of both chambers of Parliament and officially took office, RIA Novosti reported.

Uzbekistan held presidential election on December 4. According to the CEC, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, won 88.61 percent of the votes with a turnout of 87.83 percent.

Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov handed Mirziyoyev credentials of the president of Uzbekistan.

Then the elected head of state with his hand on the constitution and the Koran, took the oath, pledging to "strictly follow the Constitution and laws of the republic, guarantee the rights and freedoms of citizens and conscientiously fulfill the duties of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan."

Islam Karimov, who headed the republic since 1990, died on September 2 at the age of 78 from a stroke. The Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev performed his duties by decision of the Parliament until the election of a new head of state.