Who is President Karimov?
He started his labor activity in 1960 at the Tashselmash plant. From 1961 to 1966, he worked as an engineer, a leading engineer-constructor at the Tashkent aircraft industrial association named after V.Chkalov. In 1966 he moved to the State Planning Office of the UzSSR, where he was promoted from senior specialist to first deputy chairman of the State Planning Office.
In 1983 Karimov was appointed minister of finance of the UzSSR, and in 1986 he served deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the UzSSR and Chairman of the State Planning Office.
In 1986-89 he worked as first secretary of the Kashkadarya Provincial Party Committee. From June 1989 he was elected as first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan.
On March 24, 1990 at the session of Supreme Council of Uzbek SSR Karimov was elected as first president of the UzSSR. On Aug. 31, 1991, Karimov proclaimed the state independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. On Dec. 29, 1991, he was elected as the first president of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
On March 26, 1995, in accordance with a national referendum, the presidential term of Karimov was extended to 2000. On Jan. 9, 2000 in national elections, Karimov was again elected head of state. In the election on December 23, 2007, he was re-elected for another term as president of Uzbekistan.
Karimov is married, with two daughters and three grandchildren. His wife Т.A. Karimova is an economist and scientist.
Awards and citations:
For prominent input into the development of a sovereign and independent Uzbekistan, creation of humane democratic legal state, provision of the civil peace and national consent and testified courage and stability, Karimov was awarded the title Uzbekistan Kakhramoni and Mustakillik and Amir Temur orders.
Karimov has also been awarded orders and medals by a number of states and international organizations.
He is the initiator and leader of historic transformations in Uzbekistan. He has directly contributed to:
- A program of independent development of the country, and the formulation of national legislation, including the Constitution of Uzbekistan;
- The program of state and social construction, reforming the administration, both central and locally, the realization of principles harmonizing the interests of the state, society and the individual;
- Establishment of an Uzbek model of economic development based on five principles: de-ideologization of the economy; supremacy of laws; step-by-step reform; state regulation during the transition period and strong social policy; and reforming the armed forces and border forces.
President Karimov has also:
- Shown a great will, selflessness and courage in defending the honor and dignity of the Uzbek people, when forces led by the Central Committee of Communist Party of USSR tried to discredit his honest name and made unlawful acts in Uzbekistan;
- Made a huge input in increasing prestige, respect and strengthening support of Uzbekistan at international level;
- Made weighty input in the development and introduction to the public consciousness of the national ideology basis on human and national values and traditions;
- Made a huge input in the establishment, saving and strengthening the peace in the country, stability and consent between the people of various nationalities;
- Was an initiator of construction of big enterprises, cultural facilities and communications, having impacted on economical development of the country that led to significant changes of many towns and villages as well as Tashkent.