The draft law “On the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan” includes a clause on the extension of presidential powers from five to seven years, reported RIA Novosti.
The lower house of the Uzbek parliament has scheduled a referendum on extending the presidential term for April 30. It is planned to introduce 27 more articles into the new edition of the Constitution.
Back in 2002, the presidential term in Uzbekistan was extended from 5 to 7 years, but in 2011, by amendments to the Constitution, the term was again reduced to the previous five years.
The current head of state, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was elected to the presidency three months after the death of Islam Karimov in 2016. Five years later, in 2021, Mirziyoyev was successfully re-elected for a second term (“for” 80,12% of voters voted).