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Uzbekistan votes 'yes' to new constitution in victory for president

Mirziyoyev wins more time as critics question promises of more power to the people

Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev votes in Tashkent on April 30. The passage of constitutional reforms could allow him to stay in power until 2040.   © Uzbekistan's Presidential Press Office via AP

TASHKENT -- In Uzbekistan's constitutional referendum on Sunday, voters overwhelmingly favored sweeping reforms that promise to strengthen individual rights but also allow the president to potentially stay in power until 2040.

The Central Election Commission on Monday said the constitutional amendments passed with 90.21% of the vote, based on preliminary results. Turnout was reported at 84.54%.

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