Two Uzbek parties merge – At today’s unscheduled joint congress of the Fidokorlar (Self-sacrifice) national democratic party and the Milliy Tiklanish (National Revival) democratic party decided to merge because they pursue common goals.

This congress was preceded by the parties’ separate congresses. At Fidokorlar’s congress, its leader and deputy speaker of the Legislative Chamber of parliament, Ahtam Tursunov, said:

“Milliy Tiklanish and Fidokorlar aim at similar and close tasks, such as fostering patriotism, self-sacrifice, respect and preserving the nation’s historical traditions and distinctions, national ideology and life style.”

“Bearing all this in mind, we have concluded that through a merge we will become a new force to achieve these tasks and aims,” he said.

The joint congress decided unanimously to appoint Ahtam Tursunov leader of the new joint party, which was named Milliy Tiklanish.

Given that both leaders – Ahtam Tursunov and Hurshid Dosmuhamedov – failed to collect votes even to clear the 5% hurdle in the president election in 2007, the prospects of the new party are doubtful.

There are a further three parties in Uzbekistan now: the People’s Democratic Party, Adolat (Justice) and the Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP).

President Islam Karimov stood in the election from UzLiDeP in breach of the country’s constitution.