President of Uzbekistan

Islam Abdughanievich Karimov was born on the 30th of January, 1938 in Samarkand. His father was an office worker. After finishing school he entered the Central Asian Politechnical Institute and received the profession of a mechanical engineer. Later he graduated from the Tashkent Institute of National Economy. He has a number of scientific publications, a doctorate in Economics and also is the Honorary Doctor of a number of foreign universities.

Islam Karimov's working career started at the Tashkent Farm Machinery Plant where he worked as an assistant foreman and technologist foreman. A considerable part of his life is linked with the Tashkent Aircraft-Making Plant - a major manufacturer of cargo planes in the former USSR, where Islam Karimov worked as an engineer and leading design engineer. From 1966 on Islam Karimov works as a government employee, initially at the State Planning Committee of Uzbekistan where he went all the way through from leading specialist of a department to the first Vice-Chairman of the State Planning Committee.

In 1983 Islam Karimov was appointed Minister of Finance of Uzbekistan, in 1986 - Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers - Deputy Head of Government - and simultaneously Chairman of the State Planning Committee. In June 1989 Islam Karimov actually headed the Republic after being elected First Secretary of the Uzbekistan Communist Party Central Committee. He deserves all merit for reformation of the Communist Party and its transformation into People's Democratic Party (November 1991) with completely new ideology and policy.

On the 24th of March 1990 Islam Karimov was elected President of the Republic at the Session of the Supreme Council of the Uzbek SSR. On the 29th of December 1991 Islam Karimov again won the mandate of the people at the first nation-wide presidential elections held on an alternative basis. More than 86 per cent of the constituency voted in his favor. President Islam Karimov is married. His spouse - Tatyana Akbarovna -is a researcher at the Institute of Economy under the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. They have two daughters and a grandson.

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Published by UzLand, INC., 1998