2000 Uzbek presidential election

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Nominee Islam Karimov Abdulhafiz Jalolov
Popular vote 11,147,621 505,161
Percentage 95.7% 4.3%

President before election

Islam Karimov

Elected President

Islam Karimov

Presidential elections were held in Uzbekistan on 9 January 2000.[1] The result was a victory for incumbent Islam Karimov, who won 95.7% of the vote. Turnout was reported to be 95.1%.[2]

Two candidates participated in the elections; Islam Karimov, the incumbent president and Abdulkhafiz Jalolov, the First Secretary of the largest party in the country, the Liberal Democratic Party (XDP). While Jalolov was nominated by the XDP, Karimov was surprisingly nominated by a new party, the Self-Sacrifice National Democratic Party (FMDP). Many outside observers stated that Karimov was actually in control of these two parties, and Jalolov was only allowed to run as a candidate to give a illusion of democratic election.[3][4]

The elections were not democratic. Jalolov, a former Marxist historian and ideologist from the defunct Communist Party of Uzbekistan, was little known to voters, compared to Karimov. The two candidates' programmes were described by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as having only few differences.[5] Jalolov was also reported to always praise and quote Karimov in his campaign speeches.[6] At the end, after he voted, Jalolov stated that he had voted for Karimov "...for stability, peace, our nation's independence and the development of Uzbekistan". Many of the voters, when asked by the BBC, also said that they supported Karimov.[7]

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe stated that the vote "falls far short of OSCE commitments in terms of fulfilling obligations for democratic elections" and not giving voters a real choice. The elections were also criticized by Karimov's opponents, Muhammad Solih (a candidate in the 1991 presidential elections), and Abdurakhim Pulatov.[8][9]


Islam KarimovSelf-Sacrifice National Democratic Party11,147,62195.66
Abdulhafiz JalolovPeople's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan505,1614.34
Valid votes11,652,78296.12
Invalid/blank votes470,4173.88
Total votes12,123,199100.00
Registered voters/turnout12,746,90395.11
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p490 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen et al., p496
  3. ^ Central Asia in Focus: Political and Economic Issues
  4. ^ Regime Transition in Central Asia: Stateness, Nationalism and Political ...
  5. ^ Uzbekistan: Elections Not Likely To Provide Surprises
  6. ^ Uzbekistan’s International Relations
  7. ^ Uzbekistan's one horse race
  8. ^ Uzbekistan: Elections Not Likely To Provide Surprises
  9. ^ Uzbekistan: Voters 'Choose' Incumbent President