Nicholas Streba 4th Red
1989 - Islam Karimov becomes the leader of the communist party.
1991 - Islam Karimov wins presidential elections.
1991 - Uzbekistan declares freedom from Soviet Union.
1996 - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan all signed a single economic market.
2001 - Uzbekistan gave the U.S. permission to use air bases to fight Afghanistan.
2011 - Uzbekistan government removed Human Rights Watch from country.
GovernmentThe leader of Uzbekistan is President Islam Karimov. Uzbekistan has a Presidential Republic system with a Prime Minister.
Over 300 laws preserving the free speech of citizens have been passed. However, many Human Rights people label the country as strict. It has committed random arrests, torture, and the overthrow of free speech and religion.
Location: Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Coordinates: 41 North, 69 East
Total Size: 447,400 square km
Land Part: 425,400 square km
Capital: Tashkent(41.16 N, 69.13 E), Population: 2,309,600
Large Cities: Namangan(41.0004 N, 71.4006 E), Population: 475,500
Andijan(40.47 N, 72.20 E), Population: 333,200