Uzbekistan’s judiciary endorses holding of constitutional referendum on April 30

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The Constitutional Court of Uzbekistan has endorsed on Monday the holding of the referendum on the reform of the Magna Carta on April 30 and noted that the documents submitted »fully comply with the legislation in force» in the country.

Thus, it has ruled that it is »reasonable» to hold the referendum as planned, as reported by the Uzbekistan 24 television channel.

The Parliament had previously set this date for the consultation on the new Magna Carta. The text now states that Uzbekistan is a »social state» and increases the number of articles from 128 to 155. It also increases the number of regulations, which now amount to 434. The new Constitution, compared to the one adopted in 1992, has been modified by 65 percent.

The reform was first put on the table by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In December 2021, he proposed a number of changes, and subsequently, in May 2022, the parliament set up a commission to develop these amendments.