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President Islam Karimov (file photo) (AFP) 24 February 2006 -- The upper house of the Uzbek parliament has elected a new chairman.


Elgizar Sabirov, who headed the Senate's defense committee, replaces Murat Sharifkhodjev.


Addressing the Senate, Uzbek President Islam Karimov praised Sharifkhodjev's work, but said ill-health was preventing him from continuing.


The Senate is due today to discuss ratification of a union treaty with Russia and approval of resolutions on Uzbekistan joining the Eurasian Economic Community.


(ITAR-TASS)

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