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December 7, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Uzbek President Islam Karimov, one of America's strategic Central Asian partners in the war against terrorism, plans to extend his term to 2007 by referendum. Karimov, who was Uzbekistan's Communist-era leader and retained power after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, has been criticized frequently by international watchdog groups for his government's poor record on democracy and human rights. Despite these concerns, the U.S.
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December 7, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Uzbek President Islam Karimov, one of America's strategic Central Asian partners in the war against terrorism, plans to extend his term to 2007 by referendum. Karimov, who was Uzbekistan's Communist-era leader and retained power after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, has been criticized frequently by international watchdog groups for his government's poor record on democracy and human rights. Despite these concerns, the U.S.
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