The President of Uzbekistan will be affected by a Russian billionaire of Uzbek origin Alisher Usmanov and the head of the national security Service of Uzbekistan Rustam Inoyatov and Prime Minister Rustam Azimov, said unnamed sources to Reuters. According to them, the new President will have limited powers.

Alisher Usmanov has influence in the government, told journalists the Uzbek businessman and diplomat. One businessman on condition of anonymity told Reuters that private jet Usmanov in recent years, often seen at the airport of Tashkent.

According to the site Flightradar24.com, private Airbus A320-300 Usmanov was in Tashkent on 28 September, when the alleged meeting took place prevailing in the country of the clans. At the meeting decided that the President be a public leader of Uzbekistan, but will not take independent decisions, Reuters reports.

An Agency source close to Usmanov said that the billionaire is close to the ruling circles of Uzbekistan. In addition, the interviewee pointed to the closeness of the presidential candidate Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Russia. As reported by the BBC, in 2009, Usmanov’s nephew had married the niece of Mirziyoyev. The groom died in a car accident in 2013.

According to Forbes, Alisher Usmanov is a major shareholder of USM Holdings (48%), combining the assets in mining and metallurgy (metalloinvest), telecommunications (MegaFon), Internet (Mail.ru Group and DST Global) and television (“YUTV holding”, “CTC Media”). Also Usmanov is a co-owner of English football club “Arsenal”.

In a press-service of Usmanov in response to the investigation of Reuters said that the businessman “does not take part in the political life of Uzbekistan”.
“The publication of rumors on the subject is speculative and has no relation to reality”, – said the press service. “Mr Usmanov has many friends and relatives in Uzbekistan, and is always ready to help the country. Mr Usmanov Uzbekistan wishes every success and prosperity” – said in a statement.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia refused to comment about the investigation Agency Reuters.

The political situation in Uzbekistan

According to Reuters, the authorities in Uzbekistan belongs to two clans. The acting head of the country Shavkat Mirziyoev is likely to win the election on December 4, as it is a compromise figure for the clans, the Agency said.

Political analysts interviewed by the Agency, saying the collective leadership of the country carries risks because individuals who are involved in tacit agreement about the influence of the President were rivals during the reign of the late President Islam Karimov.

“Mirziyoev will never be the father of the nation. But he is very hard man, and he may ultimately seek to establish complete control,” said Alexei Malashenko, a researcher at the Carnegie Center in Moscow. Did not agree with Russian political analyst Arkady Dubnov. In his opinion, there are no conflicts.

Currently the acting head of Uzbekistan shall be temporarily performed by the Prime Minister of the Republic Shavkat Mirziyoev, who the media has repeatedly called the most likely successor to Karimov. It Mirziyoev accompanied to the grave Karimov Russian President Vladimir Putin, who on 6 September flew to Samarkand where he was buried the former leader of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. The Chairman of the Senate Nigmatilla Yuldashev, which had to move this post in accordance with the Constitution, recused himself.

Early elections of the President of Uzbekistan will be held on 4 December. They are conducted in accordance with the Constitution of the country in connection with the death of President Islam Karimov. Karimov has led Uzbekistan unchallenged since the country’s independence in 1991. On 27 August he was hospitalized and a few days later died in hospital. It was reported that he had had a stroke.



Reuters: Russian billionaire Usmanov affects the leadership of Uzbekistan 13.10.2016

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