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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uzbek President Will Run for Re-election

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- President Islam Karimov said he would run for re-election next month, a government newspaper in tightly controlled Uzbekistan reported Wednesday, despite controversy over the legitimacy of a third term.

The Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday nominated Karimov as its candidate in the Dec. 23 vote, the weekly Century 21 reported.

"It's a big honor," Karimov was quoted as saying at the meeting Tuesday after his nomination. "I truly realize all the responsibility that comes with your trust."

Karimov, 69, has won two presidential elections that were not recognized by international observers as free or fair, and he had his term extended twice through referendums.

Also Wednesday, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said Uzbekistan should be condemned for flagrantly violating a global torture ban, as the United Nations' anti-torture panel prepared for a two-day hearing into treatment of inmates at Uzbek prisons. The group accused Karimov's government of employing torture methods on detainees, from beatings with truncheons and water bottles to asphyxiation with plastic bags, electric shocks and sexual humiliation.