Uzbekistan: Introduction

Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country located in Central Asia that borders the countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Uzbekistan has a varied landscape that includes a rolling sandy desert, mountains along Tajikistan and the Aral Sea in the west. The government system is a republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch. The chief of state is the President and the head of government is the Prime Minister. Uzbekistan has a mixed economy in which there is limited private freedom but the economy remains highly controlled by the government.

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