Elections were held in Uzbekistan and Islam Karimov was re-elected as the president of the nation. Karimov has been the country’s leader since it became independent in 1991. In fact, he was the leader of the area even before the country got its independence. Uzbekistan used to be part of the country called the Soviet Union (USSR). The Soviet Union split into fifteen separate nations (the largest being Russia). One of Uzbekistan’s major exports is cotton. Tashkent is its capital. Uzbekistan is not just a landlocked country, it is a doubly landlocked country. That means that Uzbekistan is surrounded on all sides by nations that themselves are landlocked. Like Uzbekistan, all of its neighbors’ names end with “stan”: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Sources: New York Times, https://www.cia.gov