Taking into account the stabilization of the situation in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the return of the residents of the region to their normal life, the state of emergency introduced by the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the territory of Karakalpakstan was mitigated. The Press Secretary of the President’s Office Sherzod Asadov provided information about this.
Now the curfew is valid from 23:00pm to 5:00am instead of from 21:00pm to 07:00am.
The decree on making relevant amendments to the presidential decree of 2 July 2022, on the introduction of a state of emergency in Karakalpakstan was signed by the head of state and sent to the chambers of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) for approval.
It should be recalled that on 1 and 2 July of the current year, in the city of Nukus of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, some citizens, having misinterpreted the constitutional reforms underway in the Republic of Uzbekistan, organized unexpected demonstrations.
The Supreme Council of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Karakalpakstan considered the situation as an attempt to seize the state administration in Nukus.
Following that, on 2 July, the president of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Karakalpakstan and talked with the Karakalpak people.
In addition, taking into account that the discussion of the changes and additions to the constitution is still ongoing, and after studying the opinions and comments expressed by the people of Karakalpakstan, the president declared that articles 70, 71, 72, 74, and 75 in the current version of the constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan should remain unchanged.
On 4 July, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan adopted a decision not to amend the articles of the constitution relating to Karakalpakstan.
During the incidents, 516 people were arrested, 243 injured and 18 killed. Criminal proceedings were initiated under article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan (infringement of the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan), part 4 – “Conspiracy to seize government or overthrow the constitutional regime of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.