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Uzbekistan's new president promises reform, but can he deliver?

Corruption and repression are expected to continue under Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Until now, Uzbeks preferred not to change money at banks because of unattractive official exchange rates. (Photo by Ikrom Nosirov)

TASHKENT Two men rushed over to an approaching car in a dark market alley. After a brief exchange of words, the driver handed over a few $100 notes and received a pile of Uzbek som in return.

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