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    Uzbekistan Presidential Vote Turnout Passes Validity Threshold

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    Nearly 7 million Uzbek citizens have cast their ballots thus making the presidential election valid.

    TASHKENT (Sputnik) — The voter turnout in Uzbekistan’s presidential election has passed the validity threshold reaching 33.73 percent, the Central Asian nation’s central election commission said Sunday.

    "As of 11:00 [6:00GMT], 6.89 million have come to polling stations, or 33.73 percent of the registered total," the commission's chairman, Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov, said.

    Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. (1:00GMT) and will close at 8 p.m.

    All four candidates running for Uzbekistan’s presidency have cast their ballots in the election that will bring to power a new leader after the death of President Islam Karimov, who ruled the country for 25 years.

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