TASHKENT (Reuters) - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a democracy and human rights watchdog, set up a its first full observation mission in Uzbekistan on Wednesday for the Dec. 4 presidential election.
The election follows the death in September of President Islam Karimov, who had run the Central Asian nation since 1989.
"This is the first time that OSCE/ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) is deploying a full-scale observation mission," mission head Peter Tejler told reporters in Tashkent.
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"The mission will assess the early presidential election for compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards and obligations for democratic elections, as well as domestic legislation."
The mission includes a core team of 15 experts based in the capital Tashkent and 20 long-term observers to be deployed in teams of two across the country, Tejler said. ODIHR will also request 250 short-term observers to monitor proceedings on election day.
(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)